AirAsia X has placed a firm order with Airbus for 55 A330neo aircraft. This is the largest single order to date for the A330, Airbus announced on 15 December 2014.
The Asian price fighter has now ordered a total of 91 aircraft, becoming the prime A330 user. The announcement of Monday covers the firming up of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 50 A330neo signed during the Farnborough Air Show in July 2014, plus an additional five aircraft. Deliveries of the newly-ordered aircraft will begin in 2018.
Building on the A330ceo, the A330neo will incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. These advances will increase a non-stop flying range with up to 400 nautical miles (640 km).