Hearts were racing at the Aircraft Interiors Expo last week when AirAsia’s CEO Tony Fernandez signed a huge order for a new Formula 1-design aircraft seat for his 304 of the airline’s Airbus A320neo planes on order and 8 plane retrofits for good luck.
“Today is the culmination of something positive that came out of Formula 1 — which generallywasn’t very positive for me,” Fernandes said. “We’ve always had a vision at AirAsia on seats. We have had lots of issues with seats over the past 15 years, as we’ve gone from two planes to 200 aircraft,” and growing with an order of 300 Airbus A320neos.
It was a shocker to hear such a large order announced for a supplier which just appeared at the show this year, but while Fernandes admitted it was a bold move, he described it to us as a carefully calculated risk.
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