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Yes, especially from DMK to Scandinavia and Russia. "Dreamer" TF also mentioned that in future, Phillipines, India and Japan will also have their versions of Airasia X operating long haul flights. The Airasia Group will then have global reach and be a six continent carrier.

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AirAsia X may replace A350s with A330neos

 

AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani told the Malaysian media after the signing ceremony yesterday that one of the key elements of the deal was the flexibility of replacing its existing orders with the A330 neos should it make sense for the airline to do so.

He explained that while the substitution clause is uncommon, it is one of the advantages of being a launch customer for the aircraft launched on Monday. AirAsia X will be the first commercial airline to receive the A330-900 neos when the delivery schedule starts in Q4 of 2017.
AirAsia X ordered 10 A350 XWB in May 2012, just months after the airline decided to suspend flights to London, Paris citing cost pressures. The airline then had envisaged that the entry of the A350 into its fleet would enable it to revisit the European routes.
The airline's business model however has evolved as AirAsia group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes points out to a hub and spoke kind of model, with the advent of AirAsia X Indonesia and AirAsia X Thailand and now plans for AirAsia X Japan and AirAsia X India in the future.
"The best thing about AirAsia is we continue to innovate. Azran's fly-thru service on some flights was an experiment in that and we are still the lowest cost carrier," he said.
Fernandes sees AirAsia X Japan potential in routes to the Americas, while AirAsia X India to open routes to Africa and London.
With such a strategy, the A330 neo would work just as well as the A350, originally to be delivered in 2015 but now only due in 2019.
"What we are doing is buying at a very low price, a series of strategic option.. the best thing is I don't have to decide now," Azran said.

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The main selling point is cost, which is significantly lower than competing 787, this suit them well.

Yes, for LCC, capital cost (fixed cost) is very important. The lower it is, less financing will be required - so another fixed cost (finance) is lower.

 

The A330neo will never be able to match the B787 but it closes the gap. Fuel burn is only incurred when you fly - so this cost is manageable. As D7 has high density seating, its CASK will be lower than FSCs.

 

The A330ceo surprised many people with its cost efficiencies and was one of the reasons why sales of the B767 became almost negligible and the B787 became a necessity for Boeing. With upgraded, fuel efficient engines, the A330neo will continue its tradition of good economic operations without a huge acquisition cost.

 

Since Airbus is spending only US$1-2b to develop this aircraft, the development costs can be recouped over 200 aircraft (2 years' production) at roughly US$ 10m a piece. I wonder how long Boeing will need to take to recover its B787 development costs.

 

Another advantage the A330neo has is availability - it will be available sooner than the B787 or A350. So airlines will start earning revenue much quicker!

 

I think Airbus did the right thing by putting this aircraft on the market. The A330 airframe and wings are a good platform to start with. Rolls Royce will have a proven engine too - the Trent 1000-TEN (on which the Trent 7000 is based upon) would have been in service for over a year by the time the Trent 7000 enters service.

 

Gee, I am beginning to sound like an Airbus salesman! ;)

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AirAsia X reinforces position as long-haul LCC leader with 50 commitments for A330neos

 

AirAsia X is reinforcing its leading position in the fast growing medium/long-haul low-cost segment with a commitment for 50 A330-900neo aircraft for delivery from 2018. AirAsia X emerged at the Farnborough Airshow on 15-Jul-2014 as the launch airline for the new type, joining three leasing companies which have also signed up as launch customers with commitments for 55 aircraft. It is the first long-haul low-cost airline to become a launch customer.
The new commitment from AirAsia X, once converted into a firm order, will grow the group’s fleet to up to 117 aircraft by the middle of next decade compared to 22 currently and only 12 at the beginning of 2013. Malaysia-based AirAsia X is already the largest group in the long-haul low-cost segment, which now consists of six carriers including four in Asia-Pacific. AirAsia X is accelerating growth as it opens new bases in Thailand and Indonesia.
The group, however, will have the flexibility to adjust growth by phasing out existing A330-300s as well as potentially cancelling some of its A330-300 and A350-900 orders. Ultimately the AirAsia X fleet will likely expand over the next 10 years to 90-100 aircraft, providing capacity growth of about 20% per annum with the possibility of even faster growth should market conditions warrant.

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Yes, for LCC, capital cost (fixed cost) is very important. The lower it is, less financing will be required - so another fixed cost (finance) is lower.

 

The A330neo will never be able to match the B787 but it closes the gap. Fuel burn is only incurred when you fly - so this cost is manageable. As D7 has high density seating, its CASK will be lower than FSCs.

 

The A330ceo surprised many people with its cost efficiencies and was one of the reasons why sales of the B767 became almost negligible and the B787 became a necessity for Boeing. With upgraded, fuel efficient engines, the A330neo will continue its tradition of good economic operations without a huge acquisition cost.

 

Since Airbus is spending only US$1-2b to develop this aircraft, the development costs can be recouped over 200 aircraft (2 years' production) at roughly US$ 10m a piece. I wonder how long Boeing will need to take to recover its B787 development costs.

 

Another advantage the A330neo has is availability - it will be available sooner than the B787 or A350. So airlines will start earning revenue much quicker!

 

I think Airbus did the right thing by putting this aircraft on the market. The A330 airframe and wings are a good platform to start with. Rolls Royce will have a proven engine too - the Trent 1000-TEN (on which the Trent 7000 is based upon) would have been in service for over a year by the time the Trent 7000 enters service.

 

Gee, I am beginning to sound like an Airbus salesman! ;)

Heard that John Leahy is retiring soon....you may submit your CV.....hahas!

 

I read somewhere that Boeing needs to sell another 300- 500 B787 to recoup the development cost. Not forgetting the grounding fiasco. Let's hope B777-X isn't the same. The first 1000 B787 are almost free....

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..... The first 1000 B787 are almost free....

Free of what - problems ?

Cannot be too sure about that yet - they still have not revealed whatsamatter with those batteries ?!

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Free of what - problems ?

Cannot be too sure about that yet - they still have not revealed whatsamatter with those batteries ?!

I mean Boeing basically need to build those first 1000 for free. The cost of development, delay, batteries issue, and subsequent grounding had wiped out any profit gained from first 1000 sales.

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I mean Boeing basically need to build those first 1000 for free. The cost of development, delay, batteries issue, and subsequent grounding had wiped out any profit gained from first 1000 sales.

If I remember correctly, Boeing accountants mentioned a block number of 1,200 for break even. It may be more now as fresh problems have cropped up since then. So the first 1,200 will not make any money for Boeing.

 

Same with the A380. Airbus have given up accounting!

 

They are now talking of breaking even on new builds based on building costs vs revenue. R&D will never be recovered....

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If I remember correctly, Boeing accountants mentioned a block number of 1,200 for break even. It may be more now as fresh problems have cropped up since then. So the first 1,200 will not make any money for Boeing.

 

Same with the A380. Airbus have given up accounting!

 

They are now talking of breaking even on new builds based on building costs vs revenue. R&D will never be recovered....

I super like this statement: "Airbus have given up accounting!" lolx!!

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Airasia X orders firmed up - so A330neo firm orders are now at 95 (Airasia X 55; Delta 25 and CIT 15).

 

http://www.airbus.com/newsevents/news-events-single/detail/airasia-x-places-firm-order-for-55-a330neo/

 

RR Trent 700 engines ordered for the 10 A333s - GE engines were originally ordered.

 

http://www.rolls-royce.com/news/press_releases/2014/151214_airasia_x_aircraft.jsp

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With this, AirAsia X will soon be the largest operator of A330 family, current and future gen combined.

 

A pity to GE for loosing the contract again. First the three A330-202 that they ordered for London route ntu, now the 10 A330-300.

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Actually GE had the order for the 25 A333s in Dec 2013 - TF is a big fan of GE, hence CFMs were ordered for the A320 fleet.

 

However, 15 of the A333s have been converted to A339s and the remaining 10 A333s are now switched to RR power. So GE lost the whole 25 aircraft order.

 

I wonder what kind of compensation the Airasia group will need to pay? Maybe GE is grateful enough that they are buying the CFM LEAP-1A for their Airbus A320neo order.

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Airbus to take A320 rate to 50 but cut A330 output

 

Airbus is to hike the monthly production rate for its A320 family to 50 from the first quarter of 2017.
It will also cut the rate of the A330, in the first quarter of next year, from nine to just six aircraft.
Airbus’s other re-engined aircraft, the A330neo, is due to enter service in 2017. The airframer has been trying to close a gap in A330 production slots during the transition to the A330neo.
But while it had already opted to slow monthly production from 10 to nine aircraft in the fourth quarter of this year, Airbus had indicated that it might have to impose a further cut.
“As an aircraft manufacturer, it is our role, for our employees, partners, customers and investors to anticipate market demands whilst delivering on orders and managing revenues,” says executive vice-president for programmes Didier Evrard.

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Qantas and AirNZ unruffled by AirAsia in trans-Tasman market:

 

Speculation that the Kuala Lumper-based budget carrier could enter the market was sparked by a tweet from AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes, tipped to be visiting Australia this week, that “New Zealand is being looked at via Australia”.

 

More at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/qantas-and-airnz-unruffled-by-airasia-in-trans-tasman-market/story-e6frg95x-1227243748088

 

 

Possibilities are endless...

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Qantas and AirNZ unruffled by AirAsia in trans-Tasman market:

 

Speculation that the Kuala Lumper-based budget carrier could enter the market was sparked by a tweet from AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes, tipped to be visiting Australia this week, that “New Zealand is being looked at via Australia”.

 

More at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/qantas-and-airnz-unruffled-by-airasia-in-trans-tasman-market/story-e6frg95x-1227243748088

 

 

Possibilities are endless...

 

Again? Thought they serviced CHC before but pulled out? Would they be allowed to service AKL?

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I think the A333 is still too much plane for the NZ market. D7 should seriously look at an alternate aircraft for their thinner routes.

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Currently there is only one viable aircraft which can do the trick: B787, widebody and seat 250-300 easily.....but I don't think AirAsia would like to have diverse fleet now.

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B789 will be the perfect size for D7.

 

But since the Airasia group is highly invested in Airbus aircraft, I think that D7 should also look at the A321neo (and the LR version as well) as well. Configured with about 180-200 seats, it would be a good aircraft to have if D7 is planning to start a new route or to add frequencies to existing routes.

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MHIAEL to Participate in Rolls-Royce’s New Aero Engine – Trent 7000 for Airbus’s A330neo –

 

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engine, Ltd. (MHIAEL), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has signed agreements to participate in the Trent 7000, a new engine in preparation by Rolls-Royce plc of the UK to power the Airbus A330neo. Under the agreements, MHIAEL will take charge of manufacturing combustion modules and low-pressure turbine blades - core elements of the new engine - as a risk and revenue sharing partner (RRSP).
The Trent 7000 is the seventh-generation model of the market-leading Trent family of large engines. The development of the Trent 7000 will be based on the Trent 1000-TEN, an engine being developed, with MHIAEL as RRSP, to power the Boeing 787. The Trent 7000 is the exclusive engine for the A330neo and will deliver the 68,000-72,000 pound (lb) thrust. While carrying on Rolls-Royce unique three-spool structure, the Trent 7000 will be a high-bypass engine incorporating the latest technologies that collectively will enable a 10% improvement in fuel efficiency and 50% noise reduction compared to the existing Trent 700.

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