AirAsia will have the lift to match its ambition after signing a contract with Airbus for 40 A320 family aircraft and 30 options, the manufacturer announced yesterday. The deal is worth approximately $2.7 billion, according to press reports. AirAsia Group, comprising the Malaysian mainline, Thai AirAsia and AirAsia Indonesia, is replacing its 737 fleet. It currently operates 21 737-300s and seven A320s, with another 53 already on order. Thai AirAsia has nine dash 300s. "The A320 has heralded ...

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