Airbus started the week with a rush of orders. AirAsia is to purchase 50 A320 planes and has signed options for 50 more. The Malaysian carrier – which is Southeast Asia’s largest budget airline – should take delivery by 2013. AirAsia is also considering plans to begin long-haul services to London and is talking to Airbus about a potential order for 10 A330s for that service.
At the same time Singapore Aircraft Leasing announced it is buying 20 of the A320 with an option for 20 more, while Spain’s largest tourism and transportation group, Marsans, has signed the firm order for 12 A330s announced last year at the Farnborough Airshow. EADS co-chief executive Louis Gallois is expected soon to set out details of plans to cut costs and rationalise production at Airbus.