A world of comfort awaits passengers flying on one of Air Asia's "revolutionary" additions to its fleet: the quiet, spacious, fuel-efficient Airbus A330neo.
Air Asia says it is set to revolutionise long-haul, value air travel with the Airbus A330neo.
It unveiled the aircraft and its plans at the Paris International Air Show on Monday.
And the key to its big-flight future is the Airbus A330neo.
It will be based at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport in Thailand, placed to expand services to Australia, Japan and South Korea.
AirAsia X group chief executive Nadda Buranasiri said at the unveiling in France that 66 of the new A330neos are on direct order, with two on lease.
Mr Buranasiri said: “This is a significant milestone for the aviation industry - and importantly, for our guests - which will revolutionise the long-haul, value air travel market. AirAsia is thrilled to lead the way once again, as the first airline in Asia Pacific to operate the technologically advanced, new generation A330neo aircraft.
“The A330neo is the future of our long-haul operations delivering an enhanced guest experience including the latest design features and new modifications to make medium - long haul value air travel more comfortable than ever.
“Guests will be able to see and feel the difference with more personal space, larger cabin bag storage space, ambient mood lighting throughout, power sockets in every seat and the quietest cabin in its class.”
Airbus chief commercial officer, Christian Scherer, tells us the A330neo is now the “lowest seat mile cost” mid-size wide body aircraft flying. “The A330neo will bring a step change in fuel efficiency, and its increased range will open new opportunities for AirAsia X Thailand’s long-haul network expansion.”
Its engine, the Trent 7000, uses 14 per cent less fuel per seat on the A330neo, compared to its predecessor the Trent 700.