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MAS looks towards massive new fleet order

February 21, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Malaysia Airlines has plans afoot to place a multi-billion dollar order for up to 100 Airbus and Boeing passenger aircraft.

The airline is waiting for government approval to place the order, which is seen as a necessary step in  boosting profitability. Airwise.com has quoted two sources for the report. The airline has not officially announced any impending order.More-fun-in-the-Philippines_250X250px

Fleet renewal is seen as essential because fuel costs form a large part of operating costs, and new aircraft are so much more fuel efficient. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) currently has 88 aircraft in its fleet, including A380s, A330s and B777-200ERs and B737s.

According to the sources, MAS was considering adding a couple more A380s to the six in its fleet, but then decided that twin-engine widebody aircraft are its priority. So it’s planning to initially order about 30 widebodies aircraft, including A330s and A350-900s. Deliveries are likely to flow from 2016.

The airline could also order either the B787-10 or the A350-1000 for its fleet beyond 2020.

Written by : Peter Needham

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