Tony Fernandes considers CSeries, plus 50-100 additional Airbus aircraft

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Published: July 13, 2012

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said he is in talks with Bombardier regarding the potential purchase of CSeries aircraft.

“We are talking to Bombardier on some things, but we’re pretty much Airbus oriented,” he told reporters at the Farnborough Airshow Thursday, noting that the carrier’s fleet may see additional Airbus aircraft as well. “We are in the final negotiations of taking more aircraft from Airbus,” he said, “between 50 and another 100.” The carrier has also reached an agreement with Airbus for the advancement of aircraft deliveries, increasing the flow to about 20 a year.

Fernandes noted interest in moving to “three or four other countries,” in addition to further pursuing a continued interest in Singapore.

“I’d love a chance to open an airline [in Singapore] ,” he said. “It’s either that or buy Singapore Airlines.”

He said he “hasn’t given up” on Europe. “Once Airbus makes a plane with two engines that can get us there then we’ll be back … when the A350 comes, which we have on order … then we’ll be back,” he said.

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