AirAsia takes the A330neo Downunder

October 29, 2019
AirAirAsia A330neo Downunder
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AirAsia is introducing its newest and most fuel-efficient aircraft Downunder to operate its Brisbane-Bangkok flights

The low-cost carrier group started flying the three times weekly route October 29 using a Thai AirAsia X A330neo.

It began flying to Brisbane in June 2019 after gaining support from the Queensland government.

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“We are delighted to bring this revolutionary aircraft to our newest Australian port, Brisbane,” said AirAsia X Group chief executive Nadda Buranasiri.

“Not only does the A330neo deliver significant cost benefits, which can be passed on to guests in the form of great value fares, but it also unlocks network expansion opportunities such as Brisbane, Australia.

“As the world’s best low-cost airline for the 11th consecutive year, the A330neo signifies a new era for low-cost flying with numerous features such as ambient mood lighting and power sockets in every seat, so guests are able to make full use of their own devices in-flight.

“This is in addition to AirAsia favorites, the kid-free Quiet Zone and Premium Flatbeds.”

AirAsaia A330neo

The carrier is introducing the new aircraft with one-way fares booked before November 2 starting at  $A299 for members of its BIG loyalty program or $A300.50 for those who are not members.

AirAsia X Thailand received its A330-900 in August and the aircraft features  377 seats in a two-class configuration that includes 12 Premium Flatbed offerings and 365 standard economy seats.

AirAsia X currently operates A330-300s and is the biggest customer for the A330neo with 66 on firm order.

The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines and sports new Sharklet wingtip devices that deliver  25 percent lower fuel burn per seat than previous generation competitors.

AirAsia says other advantages of its new specification aircraft include more personal space for guests, larger cabin storage and the quietest cabin in its class.

The low-cost carrier has a strong presence in Australia with flights to Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast.