Airbus A380 spearheads MAS fleet rejuvenation

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BY the end of this year, Malaysia Airlines will have one of the youngest fleets among carriers in the whole of Southeast Asia, with aircraft not more than seven years old.

MAS group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said this was largely contributed by the 17 new aircraft that it plans to get by year-end which includes six A380s.

“By having a young fleet it gives us a whole new opportunity to improve our services as we will have the best product in the market that provides good services, such as cabin crews and the latest entertainment among others,” he told reporters after unveiling its first A380 which landed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday.

The flight, which left from Toulouse, France, and commanded by Captain Norshid Ali included Ahmad Jauhari, Malaysia Airports chief executive Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, DCA director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman and senior officials from the Ministry of Finance.

“The A380 in our fleets signals the start of a new level of product and experience for our guests. It is also part of our aggressive fleet renewal initiative where we are striving to bring down the average age of aircraft which will result in significant cost reduction as well.

“For the rest of the year, we will take delivery of more B737-800, Airbus A330-300 and three A380 aircraft,” said Ahmad Jauhari.

The new A380 will start its first commercial flight to London on Sunday and will be flying via the Kuala Lumpur-London route three times a week.

The second one will come in August and two more in November. The other two A380 aircraft will arrive in January and March next year.

The routes that the new Airbus A380s will serve from Kuala Lumpur would be London, Sydney, Tokyo and Beijing.

Business Times : nation

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