AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur International) has attracted the attention of at least two foreign airlines keen to invest in the longhaul budget carrier. Malaysia's Star newspaper quotes informed sources as saying the carriers involved are both "premium" carriers with one from the Gulf and the other from Europe.

“They are keen to be part of the growth in Asia, hence the interest in AirAsia X and given the cheap valuations,” the source told the paper.

The sources went on to add that AirAsia Group founder and CEO Tony Fernandes is reportedly uneasy about any tie-up given the carrier's current low valuation of MYR767 million (USD201 million).

With a fleet of twenty-one A330-300s, AirAsia X offers budget flights to twenty destinations located in China, Nepal, Australia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Japan, and Sri Lanka.