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AirAsia may buy 100 new Airbus planes including A320neo

Published on Sep 21, 2012 8:30 PM
This file photograph taken on Feb 15, 2012 shows an AirAsia plane taking off from Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta. -- PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE (AFP) - Southeast Asia's largest budget carrier AirAsia is considering placing a new order for an additional 100 Airbus planes including the A320neo, chief executive Tony Fernandes said on Friday in Singapore.

Fernandes also said AirAsia X, the carrier's long-haul arm, will probably launch an initial public offering in December if all goes according to plan.

"The board is evaluating it now," Mr Fernandes said of the carrier's ongoing exploratory study of whether it should buy more Airbus planes.

He said if the order goes ahead it will likely be for 100 planes, including the fuel-efficient A320neo.

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