05 April 2010
SEPANG -- AirAsia X is spending RM110 million to upgrade both premium and economy seats aboard its 11 aircrafts, its chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani said on Monday.
"To refit one aircraft is RM10 million and it will be financed by internally generated funds. We already have eight aircrafts and three more will come in by year end with the new seats fitting," he said.
The flatbeat seats are standard business class specification of 20" width pitch and can be streched out to 77" when in full reclined position, while the economy class seats have been revamped with new ergonomical, reclineable seats at 31" pitch.
The premium seats feature universal power sockets, adjustable headrests and built-in personal utilities namely tray table, reading light and privacy screen.
The airline has also moved away from traditional black leather and opted for a mix red and grey to brighten its cabins' ambience.
The new seats re-fit will be done in stages for all long-haul flights to Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth, Taipei, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Chendgu, London, Mumbai and New Delhi, Azran told reporters after unveiling the new seats.
The refurbishment will allow AirAsia X's A330 to have a seat configuration of 12 flatbed premium seats from 28 currently, and 365 economy seats from 355 currently, while for the A340, the new configuration will be 18 flatbed compared with 30 now and 309 economy seats from 256 currently, he said.
The refurbishment exercise is due for completion in June this year.
To introduce the new seats to customers, AirAsia X has thrown in some exclusive promotions with Citibank and some discounts as well.