AirAsia X, the long haul low cost unit of the Malaysia-based AirAsia Group, has taken delivery of its first new A330-300. The aircraft was handed over at ceremony at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse on Friday.
The new aircraft is the first of 25 A330-300s ordered by AirAsia X for the development of its long haul operation, linking Kuala Lumpur with destinations in Australia, North Asia, the Middle East and Europe, complementing the existing AirAsia network.
Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, the carrierâ€™s new A330 offers accommodation for 383 passengers in a two-class layout, with 355 seats in Economy and 28 in the airlineâ€™s new XL premium class.
In total, the AirAsia Group has placed firm orders with Airbus for 200 aircraft, comprising 25 A330s for AirAsia X and 175 single aisle A320s for the short haul operation.