AirAsia eyes revamped Airbus A320

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Low-cost Malaysian airline AirAsia is negotiating with European plane maker Airbus to buy its revamped A320 Neo and long-haul A330 aircraft, its chief executive told AFP Tuesday.

"We are actively discussing this product," AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes said, referring to the medium-haul A320 Neo, after talks with Airbus's chief executive Tom Enders and John Leahy, its top commercial executive.

Concerning the A330, "an announcement will be made on that soon, within two weeks," he added. "We are a big believer in the A330."

Airbus is planning to sell the A320, as the A320 Neo, with more fuel-efficient engines from 2016. AirAsia had already ordered 175 of these aircraft for delivery by that date and is now looking to upgrade the order to buy the new Neo version.

Fernandes was in Paris to launch a new Paris-Kuala Lumpur route operated by AirAsia's subsidiary AirAsia X. Its first flight from Kuala Lumpur landed on Monday at Paris's Orly airport.

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