No immediate plans to enter India: AirAisa
Reuters reported earlier this month that AirAsia was putting the final touches on the deal, ending a flirtation with Canada's Bombardier. Fernandes said the order will involve a mix of aircraft and not just Airbus A320s.
"I'll be submitting it to the board in two weeks," Fernandes told Singapore's Foreign Correspondents Association.
AirAsia, with an operating fleet of more than 100 aircraft, has ordered a total of 375 Airbus jets as part of dramatic expansion plans that now include the acquisition of Indonesia's Batavia Air. It has said it will accelerate deliveries as rising demand helps it offset high fuel costs.
Turning to India, which last week said it will allow foreign carriers to take stakes of up to 49 percent in Indian airlines, Fernandes said he had no immediate plans to enter the market because he thought the aviation fuel tax and airport charges were still too high.
Indian newspapers had speculated AirAsia could be the first overseas carrier to take advantage of the new rules.
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Fernandes, who owns Formula One team Caterham, said he is in Singapore to interest Asian bankers in financing
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