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AirAsia X won't buy 'too expensive' Airbus A350

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Malaysia's AirAsia X has no plans to buy the Airbus A350 widebody jet, the airline's co-group CEO said, despite the airline having 10 of them on order.

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"The A350 is not an aircraft we will buy," AirAsia X co-group CEO Tony Fernandes said. "Too expensive. Fares would go up."

AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of AirAsia, placed a firm order for 10 A350s in June 2009. It later ordered 66 A330neos, an updated version of the A330s it has in its current fleet.

The A350-900 has a longer range but also comes with a higher list price of $317.4 million (£222.2 million), compared with the $296.4 million price of the A330-900neo. Airlines typically receive large discounts from the list prices.

The AirAsia group is one of Airbus' largest customers, but it has also been talking to Boeing about buying the rival 787-10 jet, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

A final decision on AirAsia X's future fleet is expected later this year, the source said on condition of anonymity. The 787-10 has a list price of $325.8 million.

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