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Malaysia Aviation Group to Add 12 New Aircraft in 2024, Including Their First Airbus A330neo

Malaysia Aviation Group will induct 12 new aircraft in 2024, including four new Airbus A330neos and eight Boeing 737-8 MAX jets.  The carrier’s first A330neo is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2024.

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330neo Rendering - Courtesy Malaysia Airlines

On Monday (January 29, 2024) Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) announced that as part of their ongoing fleet modernization program they will induct 12 new aircraft in 2024, including four Airbus A330neos and eight Boeing 737-8 MAX airplanes.  MAG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and aircraft lessor Avolon in August 2022 for the acquisition of 20 A330neos for deliveries through 2028.  Ten of the aircraft will be purchased directly from Airbus with a sale and leaseback agreement with Avolon, while the other ten will be leased directly from Avolon.

In Monday’s announcement, Malaysia Airlines Group’s Managing Director, Datuk Captain Izham Ismail, said,

“We are excited to induct the first of 20 Airbus A330neos in Q3 of this year, which will gradually replace our A330ceo fleet and operate to our network across Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East.  This expansion is not just about increasing our inventory in numbers but also introducing the first-of-its-kind cabin class, new seats and experiences that prioritises customer safety, comfort and overall satisfaction.  We will continue to channel our investments into endeavours that strategically align with the key pillars driving our customer value proposition, namely cabin comfort, in-flight dining, and service delivery of our esteemed cabin crew.  We aspire to curate an overall passenger experience that not only meets premium standards but exceeds them, underpinned by our inimitable Malaysian Hospitality.”

The Airbus A330neos will deliver a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn and emissions for MAG compared to the airplanes they replace. The aircraft features an all-suite Business Class cabin with newly Collins Aerospace Elevation seats in a 1-2-1 configuration with privacy doors.  Malaysia Airlines’ new A330neos will be configured with 28 Business Class seats and 269 Economy Class seats, 24 of which feature extra legroom.  The Group will also be retrofitting six of their Airbus A350-900s beginning in 2026, to align their fleet with the new A330neo cabin design.  MAG currently operates a fleet of 104 aircraft across their Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, MASwings and MASkargo subsidiaries.


Source: Malaysia Airlines


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