PETALING JAYA: MALAYSIA Airways Bhd will preserve up to 25 per cent in improved efficiency and seat price tag from the six incoming Airbus A330-two hundred aircraft.
Main govt officer Peter Bellew reported the aircraft did not call for new funding as they would be replacing six slim-human body Boeing 737 that ended up currently being returned to lessors.
“We will preserve up to 25 per cent on efficiency improvement and seat price tag collectively from these six incoming aircraft. We will see the improvement predominantly from enhanced seats and passenger comfort,” reported Bellew at a briefing, below, yesterday.
He reported the fleet technique was in line with the MAS Recovery Plan to convey the airline back again to a aggressive price tag placement and reassume its leading placement in the field.
“As I have communicated, we have an rapid need to have for widebodies to supply a lot more flat beds in the company class on our flights over a few several hours. The present lease charges are unbelievably aggressive and we are currently being opportunistic by leasing them at this position,” he reported.
Bellew reported even while the six A330-200s ended up next-hand, they ended up in great affliction, many thanks to the refurbishments by German carrier Air Berlin.
“Air Berlin went bankrupt in August and these six new broad-bodies that we are leasing made use of to be theirs. Since of this, we ended up ready to get them at an unbelievably aggressive price,” he reported, devoid of disclosing the value.
“Air Berlin has also included into these aircraft a large degree of comfort, which we will gain from now,” he included.
Malaysia Airways will get the six aircraft subsequent yr — two in February, two in June and two in Oct.
Bellew reported the program to boost the number of its broad-human body aircraft would not modify its existing fleet dimension.
“We are maintaining the number of our fleet with forty eight narrowbodies (Boeing B737-800) and 21 broad-bodies (six Airbus A380/Airbus A350 and 15 Airbus A330-3000/-two hundred), which adds to 69 aircraft for this yr.”
Bellew reported Malaysia Airways was nevertheless keen to very own Airbus A330neo broad-human body aircraft.
He also squashed rumours that he was leaving Malaysia Airways for Ryanair Holdings Plc.
“I am completely happy to be below at Malaysia Airways and my team and I are working difficult to return this airline back again to its glory times.”