AirAsia’s New Airbus A320neo

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AirAsia Airbus A320neo

I flew in the other day to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia together with other Philippines AirAsia delegates to witness the welcoming of AirAsia’s new Airbus A320neo.

AirAsia Airbus A320neo
The welcoming ceremony was led by no other than AirAsia Group Ceo Tan Sri Tony Fernandes at the Sepang Engineering Aircraft Hangar.
AirAsia Airbus A320neo

The welcoming ceremony were also attended by Malaysia’s Minister of Transport Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, H.E. Christophe Pinot French Ambassador to Malaysia, H.E. Victoria Marguerite Treadell British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun Executive Chairman of AirAsia Berhad and Group CEO of AirAsia X Berhad Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO; along with the rest of the AirAsia Group’s senior management. Also present at the event were Kiran Rao, Executive Vice President Strategy & Marketing Airbus and Allen Paxson CFM Executive Vice President.
AirAsia Airbus A320neo

AirAsia Airbus A320neo

AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline is the first airline in Southeast Asia to operate the Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines with registration number
9M-NEO.
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AirAsia Airbus A320neoEquipped with a Space Flex Cabin for an optimal passenger comfort and efficiency with 186 seats.
AirAsia Airbus A320neo

AirAsia Airbus A320neo

The Airbus A320neo is the airline group’s 172nd aircraft to be received from a total of 575 aircraft in its order book.


Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia said, “We are thrilled to receive the Airbus A320neo which will ensure AirAsia remains at the forefront of our business, with one of the world’s youngest and most modern fleet. The aircraft will deliver fuel savings of 15 percent and additional range capability of 500 nautical miles, which will be translated to low fares for our guests. This is further complemented with the extra seats installed, pushing the capacity up to 186 per aircraft.” Fernades said.

AirAsia Airbus A320neo

“We are particularly pleased on the environmental element, where the fuel savings translates into some 5,000 tonnes less C02 per aircraft per year, in addition to the double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise” he added.

Kiran Rao, Executive Vice President Strategy & Marketing of Airbus said “AirAsia has set the benchmark for efficiency wherever it flies. With the A320neo, things are about to get even better with a 15% reduction in fuel consumption and lower maintenance costs.”

AirAsia Airbus A320neo
“Meanwhile passengers will get to enjoy the same unbeatable levels of comfort of any aircraft in the single aisle category. The A320neo is quite simply the most efficient single-aisle Passenger id in the world. We are confident that it will play a key role in enabling AirAsia to maintain its position as one of the world’s leading low-cost carriers.” Mr. Rao added.

“We are honored to be part of this incredible team and excited to enter the next new phase of our relationship with AirAsia. We believe that all of the benefits of LEAP technology — fuel efficiency, an improved environmental footprint, industry.” said Allen Paxson, CFM Executive Vice President.

AirAsia Airbus A320neo
Philippines AirAsia CEO Capt. Dexter Comendador with Tan Sri Tony Fernandes
AirAsia Airbus A320neo
Photo op with Philippines AirAsia CEO Capt. Dex
AirAsia Airbus A320neo
Yours truly with Tan Sri Tony Fernandes

In fact, the new AirAsia Airbus A320neo flew to Kota Kinabalu right after the welcoming ceremony.

AirAsia Airbus A320neo

Enjoy this short video that my husband, Chuckie, made…

Congratulations AirAsia!

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