FILE PHOTO: An AirAsia Airbus A320-200 prepares to land at Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi, Vietnam April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Kham/File Photo
PARIS (Reuters) – AirAsia Group Bhd will make an announcement about the Airbus SE A321XLR narrowbody jet at the Paris Airshow on Tuesday, a source with knowledge of the matter said.
Reuters last month reported the Malaysian low-cost carrier was in negotiations to buy the new longer-range version of the A321 passenger jet, citing two sources familiar with the matter.
Airbus launched the A321XLR, which has a range of up to 4,700 nautical miles, at the Paris Airshow on Monday.
AirAsia’s long-haul arm AirAsia X last year placed an order for 34 A330neo widebodies which it has yet to firm up. Some of those could be switched to long-range narrowbodies, the head of AirAsia X’s Malaysia arm said in November.
Reporting by Alistair Smout in Paris; writing by Jamie Freed; Editing by Himani Sarkar