MALAYSIA : MASkargo takes delivery of first A330-200F
MASkargo, the cargo subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, has become the newest operator of the A330-200F, following the delivery of the first of four PW4000-powered aircraft ordered by the airline. The aircraft was handed over at a ceremony in Toulouse last month. The mid-size A330-200F can carry 70 tonnes of payload, with a range capability of up to 4,000nm. For MASkargo, the aircraft’s performance and flexibility will enable direct freight services from its Kuala Lumpur base to destinations across Asia, with onward capability to Australasia, Europe or the US. “The A330-200F will bring new levels of efficiency to MASkargo’s medium lift operations,” said Shahari Sulaiman, managing director MASkargo. “With this aircraft we will be able to serve more markets with greater frequency, while significantly reducing our operating costs and maximising profit potential.” “We are pleased to welcome MASkargo as the latest operator of the A330-200F,” said John Leahy, chief operating officer, customers at Airbus. “This aircraft marks a step change for cargo carriers, offering the lowest operating costs in the mid-size category and the ability to match capacity more closely to demand on a wide range of operations.” Shahari noted that the A330-200F was the only mid-sized fuel-efficient freighter in the market at present, and had the benefit of only needing 55 tonnes of cargo to break even compared with 85 tonnes of cargo on the B747-400F. “And the size is just right for the flourishing intra-Asia segment. It allows us to develop new trade lanes between Asia, Europe, Australia which may not be viable using bigger capacity aircraft,” he told reporters after taking delivery of the first of four A330-200Fs. Shahari noted one of the markets that MASkargo was aiming to tap with the new freighter was Japan. “We have to double the flights per week, we also have better spread as we will not only land in Narita but Osaka as well,” he said adding that the first Osaka flight will be before end-October. The remaining three A330-200F freighters are scheduled to be delivered in November this year and January and April next year. Overall they will increase MASkargo’s capacity by 25 per cent by 2012. They are to be deployed to Narita, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Sharjah and Penang with other possible new routes including Chengdu and Chongqing in China. The MASkargo MD also confirmed the carrier is looking into the possibility of collaborating with AirAsia Cargo, following the cooperation agreement reached between the two parent airlines. “Definitely the collaboration is something that we will discuss in the future,” he said. The A330-200F is the all-freight version of the popular A330 Family. To orders for the various versions of the A330, with some 800 aircraft currently flying with over 90 operators worldwide.