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AirAsia X Part 3: 5 new routes in 2016 - LCC's accelerated expansion risks newfound profitability

Malaysian long haul low cost airline AirAsia X is accelerating expansion with several new destinations and more than a 50% increase in capacity. The airline is planning to add at least five new destinations in 2016, including three which have already been launched.

The expansion is driven primarily driven by aircraft utilisation improvements and a reduction in charter operations. AirAsia X is not expanding its fleet in 2H2016 and has no deliveries currently planned for 2017.

However, AirAsia X is looking at options for expanding the Kuala Lumpur-based fleet in 2017, which would drive further capacity growth. Growth is already in the pipeline for 2018 as the airline starts to take delivery of new generation A330-900neos, which will likely be used to launch nonstop flights to Europe.

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