Malaysian Airlines to Dump Part of Long Haul Fleet
Malaysia Airlines is now a household name for all of the wrong reasons. Unfortunately last year’s two tragedies involving their planes has taken a huge toll on the company. I reported last year that the company was de-listed from the stock market and laid off 30% of their workforce. Since then things have not improved and today there are reports that the troubled airline is looking to dispose of a lot of their long haul fleet.
According to Leeham News & Comment, the company is looking to lease or sell all six of their A380s along with 4 B777-200ER. They are also looking to get rid of their entire freighter fleet which consists of 2 B747-40F and 4 A330-20F airplanes.
The real interesting part of this story is the A380s in my opinion. As Leeham news points out, getting these planes would allow an airline to test the model without the expense of purchasing new. Can you imagine one of the U.S. carriers getting these planes? Perhaps Malaysia’s OneWorld partner American?
I actually don’t believe that American will buy the A380s, but it will be interesting to see where they go. Those six planes are very new with four of them being manufactured in 2012 and the other two in 2013. They still have a lot of flying left in them.
The real question now is does Malaysian Airlines have a lot of flying left. It seems that all we continue to hear is bad news about the airline. It really is a shame because I enjoyed flying with them a couple of years ago and wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
After these aircraft are sold or leased, Malaysian’s long haul fleet will consist of 9 777-200ERs and 15 A330-300s. What do you think? Which airline do you think will buy the A380s? Let me know in the comments!