Airbus sells planes destined for AirAsia

Aviation Updates Philippines – Cutting costs in every way is the only option for most airlines today. Aircraft manufacturers are affected by the airline’s decision to either defer deliveries or cancel them completely.
NEW BIRD. First AirAsia Airbus A321neo. Photo from Isaac Apolinario

According to Reuters, Airbus is selling six aircraft originally ordered by AirAsia Malaysia. The news comes after the airline announced that it will no longer acquire new aircraft this year. AirAsia co-founder Tony Fernandes said this month the group had no revenue and 96% of its fleet is grounded.

The aircraft on sale are four Airbus A320neo and two Airbus A321neo, both with seating capacities ranging from 186 seats to 236 seats. According to a confidential document seen by Reuters, Airbus invited bids for the planes built for the European-made aircraft. These are complete with AirAsia's company-designed on-board equipment.

On the positive note, the aircraft on sale will barely affect their operations. The canceling of these orders will enable AirAsia to further relax their financial struggles amid group-wide flight suspensions since last month.

According to, the AirAsia Berhad’s fleet is composed of 93 A320 and two A321neo. The Airbus A321neo, the newest aircraft in the low-cost carrier’s hangar, boasts a 27% increase in capacity compared to their older A320s with 10% fuel savings.