AirAsia X has signed a contract with GE for the purchase of engines to power its three new A330-200s. The aircraft, which are scheduled for delivery from 2012, will be operated using GE’s CF6-80E1 engines. In addition, AirAsia X has signed a 20-year maintenance agreement with GE for the engines.
The agreements, valued at more than US$600 million, were signed by Azran Osman-Rani, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X, and Kevin McAllister, Vice President & General Manager of Global Sales for GE Aviation. GE claims that its CF6-80E1 engines provide greater range and reliability, and improve fuel burn. AirAsia X’s new A330-200s will operate routes to Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
Rafidah Aziz, Chairman of AirAsia X said; “AirAsiaX’s acquisition of the new technologically more advanced and fuel-efficient GE engines would help us accentuate our network expansion while holding true to our business model.
“AirAsia X’s near to long term expansion plans has made it all the more important for us to be at the forefront of innovation. As we grow our network, fleet and operations, AirAsiaX remains steadfast to its commitment of having a young, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly fleet that would help us optimise our resources and provide better value for our guests and other stakeholders,” he added.
“GE is proud to play an integral part in AirAsia X’s ambitious long-term expansion plans,” said McAllister. “GE has incorporated the latest technology advances in the compressor, combustor and turbine section of the CF6-80E1 engine to improve fuel efficient, reduce emissions, and increase engine time-on-wing, which will greatly benefit AirAsiaX’s operations.”