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.
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
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 A330-200F is the latest addition to the
A330 Family and will enter service later this year. The A330-200F
can carry more than 69 tonnes of cargo on non-stop flights of
3,200 nautical miles. The aircraft features a versatile main-deck
cargo loading system, which can accommodate both pallets and
containers, enabling operators to serve the freight lift needs of
varying markets. The below video was taken at the Singapore
Airshow earlier this year.