An AirAsia firm order for no fewer than 200 A320neos has capped what Airbus says is a record airshow for order announcements, with a record US$72 billion worth of aircraft orders and commitments announced at the Paris Airshow for the European manufacturer.
With its mammoth A320neo order, AirAsia becomes not only the largest customer for the neo to date, but the largest customer for all Airbus single aisle aircraft. AirAsia has now placed firm orders for 375 A320 Family aircraft, with 89 in service.
“With this historic deal AirAsia has secured its future with the ability to meet the huge growth potential offered by the Asian market,” said AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes. “Our decision to be one of the launch customers for the A320neo will ensure that we remain at the forefront of our business, with one of the world’s youngest and most modern fleets.”
Apart from the AirAsia order, Airbus also announced an order from India’s GoAir for 72 A320neos, while Japan’s Skymark Airlines ordered two additional A380s, bringing its commitment to the type to six.
These latest orders have seen Airbus book a total of 730 aircraft orders or commitments from 16 customers worldwide, comprising firm orders worth US$44 billion and US$28.2 billion for MoU commitments. The A320neo family was clearly the standout at Paris, with$US60.9 billion in commitments and firm orders.
“I have to admit, I largely underestimated the market demand for neo before this show,” said a surprised Airbus CEO, Tom Enders.
“Le Bourget 2011 is a strong confirmation of our product strategy. With over 1000 commitments just half a year after launch our A320neo is a real bestseller,” he added.