Airbus as announced that Malaysia
Airlines has placed an order for 17 new Airbus A330 aircraft, the order is made
up of 15 Wide body A330-300 Wide body aircraft for use for passenger operations
as well as 2 A330-200F to be used for freighter operations.
The aircraft will be configured
in a two class configuration, will seat 283 passengers and will begin to be
delivered from the first half of 2011.
Malaysia Airlines has a long list
of firm orders with Airbus which also includes a firm order for 6 Airbus A380 Double
Decker Super Jumbo Aircraft.
The full media release from
Airbus can be read below:
Order covers passenger aircraft
plus new freighter model
Malaysia Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus for 17 A330 widebody aircraft.
The contract firms up a previously announced Memorandum of Understanding 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 tonnes.
“The A330s complement the other
aircraft orders under our fleet modernisation plan. The ability to add capacity
will enable us to offer more frequencies to key destinations and fly to new
destinations. This strategy complements our continuous investment in people,
systems as well as infrastructure, and positions us in high gear for
growth,” said Malaysia Airlines
Managing Director/CEO, Azmil Zahruddin.
“The latest order from Malaysia
Airlines underscores the position of the A330 Family as the most efficient and
versatile product line in its class,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “In addition to the proven reliability
and low operating costs of the passenger aircraft, the MAS group will also be
one of the first airlines to benefit from the new levels of efficiency coming
to the freight market with the A330-200F.”
Malaysia Airlines is a long-standing customer of Airbus and currently operates
14 A330s, comprising 11 A330-300s and three long range A330-200s. In addition
to the latest A330 order, the carrier also has six A380s on firm order for
future operation on its busiest long haul routes.
The twin engine A330 is one of the most widely used widebody aircraft in
service today. To date, Airbus has won more than 1,000 orders for the various
versions of the aircraft. More than 650 A330s have already been delivered and
the aircraft is currently flying with over 80 operators worldwide. The new
A330-200F freighter variant is currently at an advanced stage of its certification
process and is set to enter commercial service later this year.