Air Asia has signed a firm order for 100 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

The deal, valued at US$12.6 billion at list prices, was announced at the Farnborough Airshow. It is the first order for the largest model of the A320 Family by the low-cost carrier.

Furthermore, it boosts the number of A320 aircraft ordered by Air Asia to 575, cementing the carrier’s position as Airbus’ largest customer in the single aisle product line.

Seating up to 236 passengers in a single-class layout, the A321neo offers over 50 more seats than Air Asia’s existing fleet of A320-200s.

The airline’s group chief executive Tony Fernandes said: “[The A321neo] will allow us to bring higher passenger volumes with the same slots, therefore providing immediate benefits to the airports. We will also continue to maintain our 25-minute turnaround with two- or three-step boarding where permitted to ensure on-time performance.”

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Clement Huang