23-Nov-2016 4:57 PM

Malaysia Airlines expects A350s to drive further improvements on London route

Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew, speaking on CAPA TV, said (15-Nov-2016) Kuala Lumpur-London Heathrow service "has turned the corner and we have seen a significant improvement in load factor over last the four months." Mr Bellew expects further improvements on the London route once it transitions from A380s to smaller and more efficient A350s in 2018. "We expect the A350s will be very full and very busy when they come into service on the London route in Apr-2018," he said. Malaysia Airlines has six A350s on order with deliveries starting in Oct-2017. The airline will initially use the A350s for regional flights within Asia Pacific as it currently plans to wait until it has enough A350s to cover both London services before transitioning its flagship route to the new type. The Kuala Lumpur-London route has been highly unprofitable for Malaysia Airlines during the four years it has operated with A380s. [more - CAPA TV] [more - CAPA Analysis]

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