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Male’, Maldives, 25th February 2024 – AirAsia has announced its intention to launch the world’s inaugural low-cost network carrier, capitalizing on its unique multi-hub strategy developed over 22 years across its airlines in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and soon Cambodia.

The revelation came during the welcoming ceremony for Christian Scherer, the newly appointed CEO of Airbus’ Commercial Aircraft business, held at RedQ – AirAsia’s corporate headquarters in Malaysia. Hundreds of AirAsia staff, CEOs, and management attended to greet the esteemed Airbus leader during his inaugural visit as CEO to the home of over 6,000 team members known as Allstars.

Tony Fernandes, CEO of Capital A, the parent company of AirAsia’s aviation group, expressed gratitude for Airbus’ instrumental role in AirAsia’s achievements, highlighting the aircraft’s versatility and economic benefits that align with AirAsia’s commitment to delivering high-quality service and value.

Fernandes outlined plans to expand the fleet with Airbus A321XLR and A321LR aircraft, gradually replacing the A320 predecessors across key hubs like Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, and Manila. Additionally, the introduction of these new aircraft specifications will enable flexibility on existing routes and facilitate network expansion to untapped markets, including North Asia, Australia, and Central Asia.

Furthermore, AirAsia aims to broaden its medium to long-haul network to Europe and North America using its wide-body Airbus A330 fleet, including the A330neo.

Today’s event celebrated the enduring partnership between Airbus and AirAsia spanning over two decades and heralded AirAsia’s ambition to become the world’s premier low-cost network carrier. Fernandes praised Airbus’ steadfast support and commitment, highlighting the enduring partnership that has endured challenges and positioned both companies for future success.

Starting with just two aircraft in 2001, AirAsia quickly transitioned to an all-Airbus fleet, enabling its unique multi-hub strategy across Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The addition of AirAsia Cambodia will further expand this strategy.

AirAsia anticipates resuming Airbus A321neo deliveries this year, with the first post-pandemic delivery expected in June. As one of the largest operators of this new, fuel-efficient aircraft, AirAsia is poised to reshape the aviation landscape.

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