AirAsia announced plans to defer the delivery of eight A320-200 aircraft due in 2011 until 2014 (Associated Press, 05-Oct-2009). The carrier had originally planned to take delivery of 24 aircraft in 2011. In Jul-2009, AirAsia deferred the delivery of eight A320s due in 2010, meaning the carrier has deferred one third of its 48 aircraft due for delivery over the next two years. The LCC attributed the deferment to its concerns that Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s new LCCT will not be completed by late 2011, with the present terminal unable to handle its expansion plans.
AirAsia to defer delivery of eight A320-200s by three years to 2014
You may also be interested in the following articles...
Malindo Air Part 3: interline partnerships drive new phase of growth for Lion Group’s Malaysian JV
Malaysia’s Malindo Air is focusing on partnerships both within and outside the Lion Group to help support accelerated growth. Malindo now accounts for approximately 8% of traffic at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and will soon link KLIA with over 30 destinations, making it attractive to foreign airlines seeking feed.
Malindo has implemented interlines with Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways over the last four months. It is now in the process of implementing an interline agreement with Oman Air, and aims to have seven interlines in place by the end of 2016.
Malindo is also now working more closely with other airlines in the Lion Group. Malindo recently began selling connections beyond Bangkok on Thai Lion Air, and plans soon to begin selling connections beyond Jakarta on Batik Air.
Malaysia Airlines new narrowbody strategy: higher 737-800 utilisation, density, 737 MAX, A321neoLR
Malaysia Airlines' order for at least 25 737 MAX aircraft is one of several components of a new narrowbody strategy that positions the airline for a return to growth and profitability. Malaysia Airlines has initially allocated 10 aircraft from the new order for growth but has the flexibility to accelerate expansion depending on market conditions and its ability to meet cost reduction targets.
The new aircraft are expected to generate further cost reductions in its short and medium haul operation through efficiency improvements and higher seating density. Malaysia Airlines has already significantly cut the cost of its 737-800 operation by renegotiating contracts with leasing companies and other suppliers and increasing crew efficiency.
Further cost reductions in the 737-800 operation are expected in 2017 through higher aircraft utilisation rates, reconfigurations that will result in higher seat counts for approximately 24 aircraft and a new maintenance joint venture. Malaysia Airlines plans to pursue modest capacity increases in 2017 and 2018 using the existing 737-800 fleet and start using the 737 MAX to grow capacity further in 2019. It is also looking at ordering at least 10 A321neoLR aircraft, which would generate further growth and be used on medium haul routes that are not within range of the 737 MAX.