Things are looking good for European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Just days after the official launch of the renewed A330neo long-distance model, low-cost airline AirAsia X signed a preliminary agreement at the Farnborough airshow in England on 15 July 2014 that is making way for an order totaling 50 A330-900neos.
Once the order is finalised and the first delivery is made AirAsia X will become the launch customer for the latest version of this Airbus widebody, scheduled to enter service in 2018.
The AirAsia Group is one of the largest Airbus customers in the world, with a total current order of 536 aircraft, the newest interest in the A330-900neo not included.
The A330-800neo and the A330-900neo are two new members of the Airbus Widebody Family launched in July 2014 with first deliveries scheduled to start in Q4 2017. The A330neo incorporates latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. According to its maker the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14 percent per seat compared to similar aircraft. It can cover an extra 400 nautical miles (740 km) than earlier models.