AirAsia X has signed a letter of intent with ILFC for the lease of six Airbus A330-300, for delivery in 2013 and 2014.
AirAsia X will lease the six aircraft on a 10 year lease term, and comes in the wake of the launch of Singapore Airlines low-cost long-haul offering Scoot.
“We intend to deploy the additional capacity with a vision to solidify our positions in our identified core markets, including Australia, China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan,” says AirAsia X CEO, Azran Osman-Rani.
The aircraft are the same model as those that AirAsia X purchased directly from Airbus, with Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines and a Maximum Take-Off Weight of 233 tons.
Azran said,” These six aircraft, together with existing delivery orders from Airbus, will see AirAsia X’s growth develop, with a total of seven deliveries each in 2013 and 2014, with the aim of being the dominant market leader in the low-cost long-haul segment.”