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Malaysia's AirAsia to hold press conference on developing long-haul ops

KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 (Reuters) - Malaysia’s AirAsia Group Bhd said it would hold a media event on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur for a major announcement related to developing long-haul operations.

The press conference, timed to start at 5:30 p.m. (0930 GMT), follows speculation that the company will order new planes.

The announcement comes two days after Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes said AirAsia had not yet taken a decision on which aircraft manufacturer to pick. (Reporting by Liz Lee; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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