Malaysia Airlines update Part 3: New widebody order designed to support long term growth
Malaysia Airlines is considering placing an order for 25 A330neos or 787s in 2017. The order includes 15 replacements for its existing A330ceo fleet and also 10 growth aircraft – which will be used to pursue expansion opportunities in North Asia and potentially support a resumption of services to continental Europe.
Malaysia Airlines is also considering adjustments to its narrowbody fleet plan. A slight reduction in the size of its 737-800 fleet is likely as utilisation improvements have meant that the airline needs fewer aircraft. A portion of the remaining fleet will be reconfigured, with some 737s receiving new business class seats and some 737s potentially becoming all-economy aircraft.
The group is also assessing the possible addition of 737s at the regional subsidiary MASwings to support expansion on international routes from east Malaysia. MASwings currently only operates turboprops.
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