Malaysia Airlines Bhd to operate new A350-900s

The recently-relaunched Malaysian national carrier that was rebranded from Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) to Malaysia Airlines Berhard (MAB), has signed a contract with US-based Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for the long-term lease of four new A350-900s.


The recently-relaunched Malaysian national carrier that was rebranded from Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) to Malaysia Airlines Berhard (MAB), has signed a contract with US-based Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for the long-term lease of four new A350-900s.

Th e deal also includes options for two additional A350-900s and two A330- 900neo aircraft. Th e new A350s will be delivered between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018. Th e new A350s will join Malaysia Airlines’ existing long-haul fl eet of 15 A330s, 13 B777s and six A380s.

The new aircraft mark the new airline’s move to a more regional orientation, engineered by Malaysia Airlines’ CEO Christoph Mueller, the former Aer Lingus CEO who was recruited in May to turn the carrier around and pledged to reinvent MAB as a full-service, regional carrier.

“It’s not a continuation of the old company in a new disguise – everything is new,” he said. MAB has already shed thousands of jobs and cut its international routes and is trying to shed some of its six A380s.

“We are excited to have this aircraft as part of our fl eet,” said Mueller. “Th e A350 is the most technologically advanced aircraft and we are confi dent that it will deliver exceptional passenger comfort and improve the overall effi ciency of our fl eet. We are very pleased to partner with Air Lease Corporation on this strategic transaction.”