The Thai AirAsia fleet in 2022
Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia has several subsidiaries spread across the continent, giving it its name. One of these is Bangkok-based Thai AirAsia, which flies out of the city’s Don Mueang International Airport (DMK). Let’s take a closer look at his fleet.
According to ch-aviation.com, Thai AirAsia’s fleet currently includes 57 aircraft. Most of these are examples of the original Airbus A320-200, belonging to the A320ceo (‘Current Engine Option’) series. All in all, this design accounts for almost 79% of Thai AirAsia’s total fleet, of which 45 exist. It has also operated a further eight in the past.
Almost half of these twinjets are currently active, 21 are listed as such by Ch-Aviation. The other 24 are either in storage (14 copies) or under maintenance (10 copies). Thai AirAsia’s A320-200 seats 180 passengers in an all-economy configuration. This is a fairly standard configuration for low-cost A320-200 operators. The airline received the first example of this type back in October 2007. On average, their A320s are 10.3 years old.
Thai AirAsia’s fleet is aging rapidly. Photo: Getty Images
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The A320neo series
The remaining 12 aircraft in Thai AirAsia’s fleet are next-generation Airbus A320neo series jets (“New Engine Option”). 10 are A320neos themselves, and these new narrowbody aircraft are on average just 4.8 years old. Eight are currently active, the other two are stored at Thai AirAsia’s Bangkok Don Mueang International (DMK) hub.
These modern twinjets have an extra row of seats compared to their A320-200 counterparts, bringing their total capacity to 186 passengers. Thai AirAsia received its first A320neo in October 2016. More recently, it has also acquired larger examples.
These have appeared in the form of a stretched-fuselage A321neo pair. Both 236-seat twinjets are currently active and have an average age of just 2.6 years. They arrived at the airline within four days, on January 2nd and 6th, 2020.
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Thai AirAsia X
AirAsia itself delegates long-haul flights to a subsidiary called AirAsia X. This facility takes place in parallel with its Bangkok-based division, with Thai AirAsia X being established in September 2013. It began operations the following June, followed by Thai AirAsia itself a little over 10 years later. This division currently has only eight aircraft at its disposal.
Six of these, two of which ch-aviation lists as active, are examples of the Airbus A330-300. In the past, another six of these twinjets have served Thai AirAsia X. They have different seating configurations, but what sets them apart from Thai AirAsia’s narrow-body aircraft is the presence of a business class cabin with six seats abreast at the front of the aircraft.
Thai AirAsia X has also invested in its future, acquiring two next-generation A330-900s. This design is the largest variant of the new A330neo family, and Thai AirAsia X specimens are just 3.2 years old on average. Both examples, one of which is currently active, have 365 economy and 12 business class seats.
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