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Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur) has ended scheduled Airbus A380 service on its flagship route to London Heathrow. The last A380 service departed from LHR on March 5 as flight MH 3. LHR was the last A380 destination for the type for the airline.
The new Airbus A350-900 is now assigned to the route.
Malaysia will continue to use the type as a charter aircraft. The aircraft are being reconfigured to carry Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380-841 9M-MNB (msn 081) LHR (SPA). Image: 935726.
Malaysia Airlines aircraft slide show:
Malaysia Airlines on December 23, 2017 received its second Airbus A350-900 aircraft with the special Negaraku livery in Kuala Lumpur.
Flight MH5025 departed Toulouse, France at 2.02 pm on December 22, 2017 and arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 9.45 am on December 23, 2017 (below).
The A350 bearing the registration number of 9M-MAC carries the Jalur Gemilang, representing the Malaysian flag.
The new A350 has 286 seats, with a three class configuration: four seats in First Class, 35 in Business and 247 in Economy Class.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Malaysia Airlines): Malaysia Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZHE (9M-MAC) (msn 165) (Negaraku) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 940168.
ALC issued this statement:
On November 29, 2017, Air Lease Corporation announced the delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB aircraft (A350-941 9M-MAB, msn 159), on lease to Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB). This aircraft is the first of six new A350-900s leased to the airline, with the additional five aircraft delivering through the third quarter of 2018 from ALC’s order book with Airbus.
Malaysia Airlines had a short mention and photos on social media:
We had a little ceremony at our Hangar on November 30, 2017 to welcome the arrival of our new family member. Here are some photos from the event. We can’t wait for you to experience the A350 XWB for yourself!
Airbus issued this statement:
Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has taken delivery of its first A350-900, leased from Air Lease Corporation, becoming the 17th airline to operate the world’s newest, most modern and efficient twin engine widebody airliner. The delivery was celebrated upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
ALC receives its first A350-900 out of an order for 29 A350 Family aircraft. Eventually Malaysia Airlines will operate six A350-900s, all leased from ALC.
Malaysia Airlines will initially deploy the aircraft on flights within Asia. From the first quarter of 2018, the A350 will fly on the airline’s premier long haul service from Kuala Lumpur to London.
Malaysia Airlines is the first carrier to offer a First Class cabin in the A350-900. The aircraft is configured in a three class cabin layout with a total of 286 seats. This comprises four in First Class, 35 in Business, featuring convertible seats to fully flat beds and 247 in Economy.
Malaysia Airlines already operates 24 Airbus aircraft including six A380, 15 A330-300 and three A330-200F on its regional routes and long haul services.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Malaysia Airlines): Malaysia Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZFG (9M-MAB) (msn 159) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 939652.
On July 10, 2017 Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) unveiled the Negaraku livery on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft (below). This special livery is part of the Negaraku initiative, a nationwide movement driven by Malaysians for all Malaysians with the objective of fostering unity among all and inspiring the spirit of patriotism.
Above Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-8H6 WL 9M-MXS (msn 40156) (Negaraku) SIN (Kok Chwee K.C. Sim). Image: 938802.
Chairman of MAG, Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, said “The Negaraku livery embraces the spirit of nationalism, carrying with it the essence of the unique Malaysian values across the world. It is also an important symbol of the good progress seen in the turnaround plan, as the national carrier rebuilds itself, whilst flying the flag across the skies as it works to become the pride of the nation again. We thank the Prime Minister for the Government’s strong and continuous support for the restructuring, which has been an important component contributing to the progress of our efforts so far. ”
Apart from the Boeing 737-800 the Malaysia Airlines Group will also be displaying the Negaraku livery on the ATR 72-500, with MASwings and Firefly, as well as on the much-anticipated new Airbus A350, expected at the end of 2017.
The second Airbus A350-900, as planned, now carries this special livery.
Top Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZHE (9M-MAC) (msn 165) (Negaraku) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 940028.
Malaysia Airlines is planning to gradually replace its Airbus A380 (above) on the Kuala Lumpur – London (Heathrow) route. The last A380 flight from LHR will be on March 5, 2018. The A380s are being replaced with the new 288-seat Airbus A350-900s (below) per Airline Route.
Above Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZFG (9M-MAB) (msn 159) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 939652.
Malaysia will take delivery of its first Airbus A350 very soon and the new type will enter revenue service on December 9, 2017 between Kuala Lumpur and both Bangkok and Penang according to Airline Route.
Malaysia has six Airbus A380 in its fleet. Four are assigned to the London route and the other two are available for pilgrimage charters.
Malaysia is expected to retire the Airbus A380 fleet by June 2018.
Previously on September 12, 2017, Malaysia Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Boeing for 16 airplanes including eight 787-9 Dreamliners.
Top Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380-841 9M-MNA (msn 078) LHR (SPA). Image: 926034.
Malaysia Airlines has provided further clarification on its fleet strategy, following its previous updates on the matter.
Malaysia Airlines fleet strategy is a key component of the ongoing five-year 12-point MAS Recovery Plan (MRP) unveiled on August 29, 2014, which calls for the resetting of the airline’s operating business model towards a competitive cost position, with a focus on the network and revenue management.
In his presentation to media, Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew provided an in-depth update on Malaysia Airlines’ fleet strategy, as well as its business performance, products and services, among others.
As emphasized in its statement on September 21, 2017, Malaysia Airlines has a firm order of 25 Boeing 737 aircraft and options on other types of aircraft, including both new and used aircraft from Boeing and Airbus. Overall, this strategy will provide Malaysia Airlines with the flexibility in deciding which aircraft suits its operational environment best moving forward.
In line with this, Bellew also announced that Malaysia Airlines has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the lease of six (6) second hand Airbus A330-200, as replacement for six narrow body Boeing 737 that are being returned to lessors . The A330-200 aircraft, expected to begin arriving from February 2018, will allow the airline to bridge the next generation wide-body aircraft orders. The LOI with AerCap, the lessor of the aircraft, was signed today.
As per the LOI, the A330-200s will be leased for six years from 2018 to 2023 and will mainly be used to up-gauge several high-demand medium haul routes. The aircraft features are very similar to Malaysia Airlines’ current A330-300 fleet with exactly the same Pratt & Whitney engines. Malaysia Airlines is negotiating a maintenance support program with Pratt & Whitney. The six aircraft will have a two class configuration, 287 seats with 19 fully lie flat Business Class seats, brand new IFE on all seats and WiFi.
Malaysia Airlines previously operated Airbus A330-200s (see photo).
Malaysia Airlines currently operates six A380s, 15 A330-300s and 48 Boeing 737-800s.
Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-223 9M-MKV (msn 296) (Visit Malaysia Year) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 900997.