Paris: Malaysian discount airline AirAsia Bhd has ordered 100 Airbus A320 airliners with a catalogue value of $9.3 billion, making it the biggest customer for single-aisle A320 airliners in the world, aircraft maker Airbus said on Thursday.
The order includes 64 future A320 fuel-efficient Neo models.
The A320 is popular with low-cost airlines because its single aisle and flying range are suitable for the short-to-medium distance routes on which low-cost operators tend to concentrate.
The purchase is in line with AirAsia’s strategy to extend its network through new routes and added frequencies, chief executive Tony Fernandes said.
AirAsia’s all-A320 fleet services about 70 destinations in 20 countries across Asia.
Airbus said that till now, more than 8,800 A320 aircraft had been ordered and more than 5,300 delivered to customers and operators worldwide.