Mon, Apr 23, 2007
Order Worth Estimated $2.25 Billion
You may not be able to
purchase a ticket just yet... but AsiaAir X, a new long-haul budget
airline that will begin operations in 2008, will soon announce a
multi-billion dollar order to purchase up to 15 Airbus A330-300
aircraft, reported the London Sunday Telegraph.
The announcement, when it comes, will mark the formal launch of
the airline. Perhaps most importantly, analysts say the new
aircraft could conceivably be converted into A350 XWBs in the
AsiaAir X, owned by FlyAsianXpress, is the new guy in town (er,
Malaysia) that will provide long-haul, low-cost airline services.
It promises cheap flights (one class of seating) and fast
turnaround times in exchange for no frills (read: passengers pay
for food and entertainment).
The company is already talking with UK airports operator BAA to
begin service to Birmingham or Manchester by September 2008.
Service to Japan and Australia are also planned.
In a long-haul, discount service concept similar to the one
pioneered in the 1970s by Sir Freddie Laker, Tony Fernandes, the
Malaysian tycoon behind AirAsiaX and sister carrier AirAsia, said
he plans a network of budget routes linking Asia to Europe and
eventually North America.
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