Malaysia Airlines is considering placing a new order for up to twenty-five widebody aircraft airline chief executive officer (CEO) Peter Bellew has said in an interview.
According to Manila’s The Star newspaper, Bellew said the A330 and A350 Families were currently under consideration along with the B787. A decision is due by the middle to end of next year, he said.
“I am short of widebody aircraft,” Bellew said. Besides the current Kuala Lumpur-London flights, “we won’t do other long-haul routes until 2020, 2021 because the aircraft will be available at the right price, at the right time and at the right configuration.”
The aircraft will be used to replace fifteen of its older A330-300s while catering to longterm growth.
Aside from the fifteen A330s and six A380-800s, Malaysia Airlines currently has six A350-900s and two A330-900neo due to arrive on lease from Air Lease Corporation next year. The carrier plans to replace the A380-800s on flights to London Heathrow with A350s in April 2018, Bellew said.