March 26, 2023

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    Malaysia Airways
    IATA/ICAO Code:
    Airline Sort:
    Full Service Provider
    Kuala Lumpur Worldwide Airport
    12 months Based:
    Izham Ismail

At the moment Malaysia Airways’ father or mother, Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), introduced that it has chosen the Airbus A330neo for the flag service of Malaysia’s fleet renewal program. The corporate signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 20 A330-900s.

A pure substitute

The deliveries are set to be break up between 10 direct purchases and 10 leases from Eire’s Avolon. The grand settlement was made public at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, with leaders from MAG, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Avolon on the scene.

Malaysia Airways already holds a sequence of A330 plane. The airline has six -200s, three -200 freighters, and 15 -300s. The service has lengthy been eager to improve the aged members of its fleet, together with including options to cowl the six A380s which have been up on the market for round a 12 months. All these planes are over 10 years previous.


At present, one other Airbus widebody twinjet, the A350, is performing because the flagship within the fleet, heading to key worldwide locations comparable to London. The A330neo will undoubtedly mix properly with this kind throughout the globe.

The A330-900 is backed by a pair of Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, providing a most vary of seven,200 NM / 13,334 km. Picture: Airbus

Sturdy partnership

MAG CEO Izham Ismail, who signed the MoU, shared the next in an announcement:

“The acquisition of the A330neo is a pure transition from our present A330ceo fleet. The A330neo is not going to solely present fleet modernisation and enhanced operational effectivity, however will even meet environmental targets by means of decreased fuel-burn per seat, whereas protecting passenger security and luxury at its core. It is a vital milestone as MAG strikes in the direction of the profitable execution of our Lengthy-Time period Enterprise Plan 2.0 to place itself as a number one aviation providers Group throughout the area.”

Airbus Chief Industrial Officer and Head of Worldwide Christian Scherer, additionally in attendance, added:

“Malaysia Airways is among the nice Asian carriers and we’re proud and humbled to be its most well-liked provider of widebody plane. The choice is a transparent endorsement of the A330neo as essentially the most environment friendly choice on this measurement class for premium operations. It’s additionally the clear winner by way of in-flight consolation and we’re wanting ahead to working with Malaysia Airways to outline an distinctive cabin expertise.”

Malaysia Airways is eager to improve its A330s. Picture: Getty Photos

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The A330-900 is the A330neo’s largest mannequin. It holds the fuselage size of Airbus’ A330-300 to supply the capability for between 260 and 300 passengers in a typical three-class configuration. Not less than 73 models of the aircraft have been delivered since Faucet Air Portugal launched the sort in 2018.

The A330neo continues to garner recognition. Simply this week, Virgin Atlantic’s first unit carried out its preliminary check flight in Toulouse. The British service is anticipated to enter the aircraft into transatlantic service in October.

Malaysia Airways had a provisional order for the Boeing 787 again in 2017. Nonetheless, the settlement was by no means finalized. So, now we will count on one other fashionable twinjet throughout the service’s community.

Notably, an Airbus A330-300 inaugurated Malaysia Airways flights to Tokyo Haneda on the weekend. We are able to anticipate the A330neo to be a core characteristic on routes comparable to this within the coming years.

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