AirAsia announced plans to defer the delivery of eight A320-200 aircraft due in 2011 until 2014 (Associated Press, 05-Oct-2009). The carrier had originally planned to take delivery of 24 aircraft in 2011. In Jul-2009, AirAsia deferred the delivery of eight A320s due in 2010, meaning the carrier has deferred one third of its 48 aircraft due for delivery over the next two years. The LCC attributed the deferment to its concerns that Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s new LCCT will not be completed by late 2011, with the present terminal unable to handle its expansion plans.
AirAsia to defer delivery of eight A320-200s by three years to 2014
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