AirAsia wins Airbus operational excellence award
AirAsia has received an A320 Family Operational Excellence Award from Airbus in recognition of its service record with the single-aisle aircraft type.
The selection criteria for the awards are based on data covering two years of operation and taking into account the number of aircraft in the fleet, daily utilisation rate, technical reliability and the number of delays caused to flights for operational reasons.
"While the world A320 Family fleet continues to record outstanding operational results, these awards recognise exceptional technical performance at individual operators," said Charles Champion, Airbus's executive vice-president customer services. "AirAsia has established an extremely efficient operation with its Airbus aircraft, with exceptionally high utilisation and an outstanding dispatch reliability."
AirAsia is one of the largest customers for the Airbus A320 Family, having placed firm orders for 175 aircraft, of which 59 have already been delivered. All A320s ordered by AirAsia are in 180-seat configuration and powered by CFM56 engines. AirAsia in Malaysia now operates a fully Airbus A320 fleet and the company is in the process of replacing its existing Boeing 737s in Indonesia and Thailand with A320s.