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Air Asia X Plans To Fly To Europe By 2016

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TAN SRI TONY FERNANDES

Paris, Dec 23 – AirAsia X, the long-haul low-fare airline affiliate of the AirAsia Group, plans to fly to Europe by 2016.

Co-Founder and Director Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the airline is also looking at the possibility of flying to the US with the delivery of the newly ordered A330-300s in 2015.

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“The margins are thin on these routes but we will do it for the long term,” Fernandes told members of the Malaysian media on the sidelines of the signing ceremony between AirAsia X and Airbus recently for the firm order of 25 more A330-300s.

At US$6 billion, this is the world’s largest single order in a single purchase agreement by an airline for the A330-300.

Fernandes said AirAsia X aims to be the “Emirates of Southeast Asia”, flying to new destinations and entering new markets such as Mongolia, with the total of 57 confirmed planes by 2019.

The airline has carried over nine million passengers since commencing operations in 2007, serving 18 destinations across Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

AirAsia X will be riding on the positive growth in the aviation industry, due to rising demand for air travel as well as positive economic growth, he said, adding the aviation industry’s outlook looks positive.

“The opening of KLIA2, the new budget terminal, next year will give a massive boost to the industry,” he said.

He emphasised the tremendous opportunity for Malaysia to be like Dubai, known as the world’s leading aviation hub, with support from the government and airport authorities.

Bernama