Fly Asian Express (FAX) has signed a contract for the purchase of 15 A330-300s, increasing its initial commitment by five aircraft. This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for 10 A330s in April 2007. The first new A330 will be delivered to FAX, the operating company for AirAsiaX, the world?s newest long haul, low cost airline during the third quarter of 2008.
The A330 is already the aircraft of choice for more than 60 customers and operators around the world and is the unquestioned leader in its class with a commanding market share and a continually expanding operator base. The A330 has excellent flexibility for a wide range of route structures, providing the operator with a very low operating cost per seat, as well as the widest and most comfortable cabin in its category. Its proven record of superior economics and passenger comfort provides the operator with a significant competitive advantage in the market today. The A330-300 has a range of up to 10,500km/5,650nm and has flown over five million operational hours.
"The firming up of the additional orders reaffirms our ambition to be the world's most profitable point-to- point long haul low cost carrier. The South East Asian market is constantly looking for cheaper alternatives for air travel. With this optimism in mind we will continue to look into increasing our fleet via leases or acquisition to support our growth,? said Datuk Tony Fernandes, Director Fly Asian Express.
?Having partnered with AirAsia so successfully, we look forward to extending the success of that partnership with FAX. We are delighted to see the innovative low-cost spirit of AirAsia extended to longer range routes operated by AirAsiaX and are confident that the A330?s unbeatable combination of low seat costs and high passenger appeal will ensure great success for this new airline,? said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers.
The A330 cabin is optimised for both flexibility and comfort. With a true wide-body fuselage, the A330 is able to accommodate seat and class configurations to suit operators? requirements.
The spaciousness of the A330 main deck is echoed in the lower deck since the large underfloor cargo capability allows airlines to carry more revenue-generating cargo consolidated on pallets and containers loaded side-by-side.
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