Category Archives: MASkargo

Boeing 747-400 TF-AAA is sunk to be part of Dive Bahrain’s underwater scuba park

Boeing 747-236B (F) TF-AAA (msn 22442) is becoming part of Dive Bahrain’s new underwater dive site off the coast of Bahrain.

TF-AAA is the first Boeing 747 to be used as an artificial reef.

The underwater site will have a 70-meter long decommissioned Boeing 747 as its centerpiece, the largest aircraft ever to be submerged.

The site will provide an exceptional dive experience. Phase 1 of the project includes submerging the aircraft, a replica of a pearl merchant’s house and sail structures. Future phases of the project are still being studied but could include reef balls, ships and sculptures.

All photos by Dive Bahrain.

This Boeing 747 was originally delivered to Malaysia Airlines as 9M-MHJ on April 8, 1982 (later as MASkargo).

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 747-236B 9M-MHJ (msn 22442) CDG (Christian Volpati). Image: 940078.

Above Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Boeing 747-236B 9M-MHJ (msn 22442) CDG (Christian Volpati). Image: 940078.

The airframe would then be sold to Focus Air Cargo as N361FC on August 5, 2005.

Focus Air Cargo Boeing 747-236B (F) N361FC (msn 22442) CDG (Christian Volpati). Image: 944630.

Above Copyright Photo: Focus Air Cargo Boeing 747-236B (F) N361FC (msn 22442) CDG (Christian Volpati). Image: 944630.

Finally the airframe would migrate to Air Atlanta Icelandic on June 17, 2008 which would then operate the airliner for several carrier including MASkargo.

Type Retired: 2016

Above Copyright Photo: MASkargo (Malaysia Airlines)-Air Atlanta Icelandic Boeing 747-236B (F) TF-AAA (msn 22442) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 902843.


Southern Air to operate three Boeing 747 freighters for MASkargo, then 777Fs

Southern Air (2nd) (Anchorage) and MASkargo (Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd) (Kuala Lumpur) announced that they have entered into a multi-year, multi-aircraft wet lease agreement.

Southern Air initially will provide MASkargo with three Boeing 747 Freighter aircraft along with crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI). MASkargo also has an option to lease up to five aircraft, which will provide it additional flexibility to meet its customers’ growing demand for additional lift capacity and to develop the ability to service new markets.

This new partnership provides MASkargo the opportunity to expand into our next wave of Southern Air Boeing 777 Freighter deliveries.

The Boeing 747s that Southern Air is delivering to MASkargo will showcase Southern Air’s new livery.

MASkargo (Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd) is the air cargo division of Malaysia Airlines and operates four Boeing 747-200Fs, two 747-400Fs and one Airbus A300-600 freighter.

Malaysia Airlines to acquire 17 Airbus A330s

Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) has placed a firm order with Airbus for 17 A330 widebody aircraft. The contract firms up a previously announced Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 15 A330-300 passenger aircraft, plus an additional order for two A330-200F Freighters for operation by the carrier’s subsidiary MASkargo. Deliveries of the passenger aircraft will begin in the first half of 2011, with the first freighter joining the MASkargo fleet later the same year.

Seating 283 passengers in a high comfort two class layout, the A330-300 will become the mainstay of the carrier’s medium haul passenger fleet and will be used on services to destinations across the Asia-Pacific region, as well as to the Middle East. In the freight market, MASkargo will fly the aircraft on sectors of up to 3,200 nautical miles, with the capability to carry payloads of almost 70 tons.