The first of 66 A330neo aircraft for AirAsia X was delivered this weekend from Airbus. The aircraft will fly for the Thailand long-haul affiliate of the brand and is one of two expected to join the fleet this year.
Prior to the delivery the carrier displayed the aircraft at the Paris Air Show, allowing media to see the new interior during a walk-through.
The layout is roughly identical to the existing A330s, including the tighter 9-abreast seating to fit 365 economy class seats in the back.
Fortunately the economy legroom is not too tight, even as it is narrow.
The airline’s decision to maintain the interior layout speaks to the overall business model, focused on no frills and high volume turnover at lower prices. The lower operating costs drive the AirAsia push to the A330neo, allowing significant fuel savings and potentially a return to Europe. Tony Fernandes continues to tease that option, though details like which airport or timing remain scarce.