AirAsia Unveils Plans for North American Routes via Japan and Europe Following Airbus CEO’s Visit

Capital A (AirAsia Group) has unveiled its plan to become the first low-cost network carrier.

The top management and 6,000 employees of Capital A and AirAsia welcomed the visit of Airbus’s Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer of Civil Aviation, and announced their plans.

The network will be expanded through airlines in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the newly established Cambodian airline. In the future, it aims to establish a hub-and-spoke model with numerous virtual hubs across Asia, Europe, Africa, and America.

Following the introduction of the Airbus A321LR, a successor to the Airbus A320, there are plans to launch flights from major hub airports such as Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, and Manila to unchartered destinations in North Asia, Australia, Central Asia, etc. Sendai, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki are among the potential destinations.

After the introduction of the Airbus A330neo, the plan includes considering the expansion of medium to long-haul routes to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Bratislava, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Cairo, Nairobi, Cape Town, New York, Miami, Toronto via Europe, and San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver via Japan.

Capital A’s CEO, Tony Fernandes, stated, “Our achievements, including becoming one of the world’s largest and most popular airlines, have all been made possible through our fantastic partnership with Airbus. Airbus’s versatile aircraft are ideal for our network expansion plans. The ongoing development and improvement of aircraft, fuel efficiency enhancement, payload increase, and range extension they provide unparalleled economics, consistently delivering the highest value and quality service in line with our commitment.”

AirAsia Group is one of Airbus’s largest customers, with an all-Airbus fleet. The group has ordered a total of 647 aircraft, including 612 units from the Airbus A320 Family and 35 units from the Airbus A330 Family.

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