Order for 5 a330-300 from Air Asia X was transferred to BOC Aviation, when Air Asia X reduced order for a330 ceo from 51 to 31. Airline probably will get these frames, but not all from outstanding own a330 ceo order (11 frames).
Today airbus annual results shows 11 a330ceo orders converted to a330 neo and 1 boc aviation a330 ceo order cancelled (allocated to Air AsiaX). December 2015 data confirms 4 a330 deliveries to Air Asia X (through BOC Aviation). That means no more a330 ceo deliveries to Air Asia X.
With no outstanding orders for the A330ceo, MSN 1712 looks to be a white tail.
This seems indeed to be a result of Air Asia X converting its existing A330 orders to the -neo version. Yet, I notice from the same source that there also are Turkish Airlines and Iberia frames in the same paint scheme. Did these airlines change their orders, or I am seeing too much in this paint status ?
From the January 11th TLS Watch report linked to above :
1706 F-WWYD Turkish Airlines, primer/tail painted 1710 F-WWYT Iberia, primer/tail painted 1712 F-WWYX Air Asia X, primer’tail painted
6951 F-WWDP Batik Air, primer/tail painted 6962 F-WWBF Batik Air, primer/tail painted 6965 F-WW?? Virgin America, primer/tail painted – towed to paint hangar 6967 F-WW?? Indigo Airlines, primer/tail painted – towed from prod line to another hangar
I just noticed the paint status of the Air Asia X you pointed out to is quite common at present. If this status is related to the recent order conversion by Air Asia X, making the aircraft a white tail (or at least a NTU - 'not taken up'), does this also suggest changes to other frames sharing the same paint status, or is it meaningless ?