AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes (centre) speaks to reporters at a media event Sepang, Kuala Lumpur on July 19. (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia has sealed a deal to purchase an extra 34 A330neo passenger jets from Airbus which will expand the airline’s existing order to 100 long-haul wide-body aircraft, worth 30 billion USD.

This is AirAisa’s latest move towards expanding its services to European destinations.

The first delivery of the A330neos is scheduled to arrive towards the end of 2019, AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes told reporters at a media event on July 19. This will allow the carrier to take on longer non-stop routes to Europe, he added.

These will be used by its long-haul arm, AirAsia X, replacing its older first-generation A330s.

The A330neo plans will enable AirAsia to access routes to Brazil, Namibia, and anywhere it wants, the AirAsia official said.

With these new planes, the airline will be able to resume its service from Kuala Lumpur to London, which was dropped in 2012 due to low demand and high fuel prices.

AirAsia X Chief Executive Kamarudin Meranun said AirAsia X expects the new aircraft will allow the carrier to expand its low fares beyond the Asia Pacific to the rest of the world.

The agreement makes AirAsia now the biggest Asian customer of European aviation giant Airbus. -VNA