AirAsia Group plans to significantly reduce its fleet size.
It will cut its fleet by about one-quarter, returning planes to lessors, and has no plans to buy new planes ‘for a number of years.’
It has already deferred deliveries of an existing Airbus order.
The group currently has 245 planes.
“We are going to return as many as we can. I estimate by the end of next year we’ll be flying 180 planes,” Group Chief Executive Tony Fernandes said at a media briefing.
“I don’t see us getting into a position where we want to buy planes for a number of years and even if we want to buy planes, there will probably be a lot of cheap second-hand planes.”
The budget airline has been hit hard by widespread border closure and a slump in travel demand.
It has laid off about 2,000 employees and long-haul division AirAsia X announced plans for a major debt restructuring.
AirAsia Group employed about 24,000 before the pandemic.
Last week it confirmed AirAsia Japan ceased operations.