AirAsia, just months after placing an order for 275 Airbus airliners, is in talks with Airbus to buy 50 more A320 aircraft.
Asia’s largest low-cost carrier is ready to swoop on the current version of Airbus’s passenger jets, known as the A320 or A320neo, while waiting for a more fuel-efficient version of the 150-seat plane it ordered in record quantities last year.
“In my mind, that is an aircraft order that we would need, but we haven’t made the right analysis yet,” Tony Fernandes said in an interview.
“We have to look at whether we buy or lease. My sense is that we are short of aircraft, and our team is now evaluating.”
Fernandes was speaking after taking delivery of the Malaysian budget carrier’s 100th A320, a narrowbody plane that competes with the Boeing 737 – two industry best-sellers that have powered the growth of low-cost airlines.