AirAsia Bhd will take delivery of its first A320 aircraft in Germany on Dec 5. The plane will arrive in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 8.
The 180-seat aircraft, getting the finishing touches at Airbus' assembly plant in Hamburg, Germany, will be taken to the European aviation consortium’s headquarters in Toulouse, France, where a handing-over ceremony is to be held.
AirAsia chairman Datuk Pahamin A. Rajab will represent Airbus at the event.
The single-aisle aircraft will be taken to the Lima Airshow in Langkawi for display on Dec 9.
AirAsia has signed a purchase contract for sixty A320s and has an option for 40 more. Each aircraft costs about US$64mil.
AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said the new aircraft would be used on domestic routes.
Its senior executive for publicity and promotions, Jeamie Lee, told a group of visiting Malaysian journalists in Hamburg on Monday the new aircraft would further strengthen the airline’s service network. “It will also give our passengers a better flying experience and more comfort,” she said.
Lee said a second aircraft would be delivered to AirAsia by the end of December.
Stuart Mann, Airbus' head of marketing for the A320 family, said the aircraft was designed to optimise revenue through cabin adaptability and passenger comfort.
“It is fitted with the most modern and complete fly-by-wire technology to ensure savings in direct operating costs, besides wider seats and aisle,” he said.
Airbus communications manager Tore Prang said all the ordered aircraft would be delivered on schedule.