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Malaysian-based low cost airline group AirAsia became the second Asia-based airline to receive the first of its order of Airbus A330-900neo aircraft.
The aircraft – delivered through aircraft leasing company Avalon – is the first of 66 on order and will be deployed with Thai AirAsia X at its hub at Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport. AirAsia's configuration on the A330neos will offer 377 seats in a two-class configuration featuring 12 premium flatbed and 365 Economy seats. It will offer additional seating options such as “Hot Seats” featuring more leg room, and a “Quiet Zone.”
The A330neo is an updated version of the A330 that Airbus touts having technology based on the Airbus A350XWB and a 25% fuel burn rate compared to competing aircraft.
Thai AirAsia X is expecting another A330neo to be delivered before the end of the year, and the Malaysian-based AirAsia X has an order for around 66 of the jets. In previous statements, AirAsia has stated the new jets will be used to expand its network on flights to Australia, Japan, and South Korea through its long haul subsidiaries based in Thailand and Malaysia.
While has the largest order of the A330neo, the delivery to Thai AirAsia X follows Indonesian-based Lion Air getting their first A330neo order in late July.