Barack Obama dropped into see AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes during his recent visit to Malaysia.
The US President, along with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, oversaw a major engine deal penned between AirAsia X and US-based engine manufacturer, GE Aviation.
The agreement, valued at more than US$1.5 billion, will see GE provide engines for AirAsia X’s 25 new Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
“With this order, GE will become AirAsia X’s second core engine supplier,” said Fernandes. “Our fleet size has reached sufficient scale to support two engine types, with sufficient spare engine coverage, specialist engineers and technicians, and strong on-site service commitment from both engine providers. GE’s long-standing relationship and track record with the AirAsia Group, gave us confidence to make this selection.”
The agreement was signed in Kuala Lumpur with GE Aviation’s vice president & general manager of global sales & marketing, Kevin McAllister.
Pic caption: Barack Obama chats with AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes during the recent signing ceremony