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Malaysia Airlines selects A330neo to renew wide-body fleet

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August 16th 2022

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Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), the parent of Malaysia Airlines, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus, Rolls-Royce and lessor Avolon to acquire 20 A330neo (A330-900). Read More » The aircraft will replace its A330 fleet. Deliveries to the flag carrier will commence in 2024 and run to 2028. MAG CEO, Captain Izham Ismail, said the decision in favour of the A330-900 followed an extensive technical evaluation. “The acquisition of the A330neo is a natural transition from our A330ceo,” he said. “The A330neo not only will provide modernisation of our fleet and enhance operational efficiency, it will meet environmental targets with reduced fuel burn per seat while keeping passenger safety and comfort at its core.” The MoU lists purchase rights for 20 A330neo, acquisition of spare Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and a Rolls-Royce TotalCare engine MRO agreement. “The decision by the airline is a clear endorsement of the A330neo as the most efficient option in this size category for premium operations,” Airbus chief commercial officer and head of international, Christian Scherer, said. The oneworld alliance member has six A330-200s, 15 A330-300s and three A330F freighters in its fleet.

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