Malaysia Airlines takes delivery of its first A350 XWB

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First A350-900 in Air Lease Corporation’s fleet

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has taken delivery of its first A350-900, leased from Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL) (ALC), becoming the 17th airline to operate the world’s newest, most modern and efficient twin engine widebody airliner. The delivery was celebrated upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

ALC receives its first A350-900 out of an order for 29 A350 Family aircraft. Eventually Malaysia Airlines will operate six A350-900s, all leased from ALC.

Malaysia Airlines will initially deploy the aircraft on flights within Asia. From the first quarter of 2018, the A350 will fly on the airline’s premier long haul service from Kuala Lumpur to London.

Malaysia Airlines is the first carrier to offer a First Class cabin in the A350-900. The aircraft is configured in a three class cabin layout with a total of 286 seats. This comprises four in First Class, 35 in Business, featuring convertible seats to fully flat beds and 247 in Economy.

Malaysia Airlines already operates 24 Airbus aircraft including six A380, 15 A330-300 and three A330-200F on its regional routes and long haul services.

Malaysia Airlines CEO Captain Izham Ismail said, “We are very excited to welcome this new addition to our family. With its technological advancements the A350-900 is an important milestone for us on this journey, helping boost our competitiveness on our long haul flights. The addition of the A350-900 also underlines our commitment to operate a young and modern fleet.”

“Our first A350-900 represents a milestone for ALC, and for Malaysia Airlines. We are very confident that the A350-900 will deliver outstanding performance, efficiency, and economics for our airline customers” said John Plueger, CEO and President of Air Lease Corporation.

“We are proud at Airbus to count Malaysia Airlines as a new operator of the world’s most modern and efficient aircraft,’’ said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer- Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. ‘’Congratulations also to ALC for receiving the first A350 XWB in its fleet, proving the popularity of this aircraft in the lessor community across the globe. We are looking forward to our continued partnership with Malaysia Airlines and ALC – two major companies in the aviation industry.’’

The A350 XWB benefits from the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs.  The aircraft features an Airspace cabin which, on top of the aircraft’s spaciousness and quietness, provides better ambience, design and services, contributing to superior levels of comfort and well-being, and setting new standards in terms of flight experience for all passengers.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 858 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

 

Source  :  Airbus Website

Malaysia Airlines plane skids off runway during landing at Sibu Airport: Report

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SIBU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – A Malaysia Airlines plane skidded during heavy rain at Sibu Airport on Saturday (April 8), according to a report in The Star.

The Boeing 737-800 from Kuala Lumpur was carrying 61 passengers and crew.

All onboard flight MH2718 safely disembarked via two slide rafts, after the incident at 10.17pm the newspaper said.

No injuries have been reported so far.

At the time of the incident, there was no other incoming flight, said The Star.

According to Sibu Airport manager Zainuddin Abu Nasir, the safety of all passengers was of the utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines and an immediate investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the incident.

Malaysia Airport said in a statement that Sibu Airport would be closed for flight operations until 10am on Sunday.

Passengers are advised to check with their respective airlines on their flight status.

Meanwhile, one of the passengers Muhd Badrul Aman in a post on Facebook said that although the plane had an awkward landing, all of the passengers were safe.

“Thank God we are all safe,” said Muhd Badrul who was travelling with his wife and mother.

 

Source : The Straits Times

Malaysia Airlines signs with Airbus for A350 XWB flight training

Langkawi, 21st March 2017 – Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has signed an agreement with the Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC) in Singapore to provide A350 XWB training to the carrier’s flight crew.

The contract will cover complete courses for flight crew transition to the new A350 XWB, as well as regular recurrent training services.

The agreement was signed today at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition 2017 by Nik Azli Abu Zahar, Executive Counsel, Malaysia Airlines and Jean-Francois Laval, Executive Vice President, Asia, Airbus.

According to Malaysia Airlines Chief Operations Officer, Capt Izham Ismail, “The A350 XWB will play a key role in our future fleet and network expansion plan. The Airbus training centre in Singapore offers the full range of courses and facilities, including state-of-the-art full flight simulators, to enable us to train our crews for this new aircraft type. This will be an efficient and cost-effective solution for Malaysia Airlines, with crews being trained close to home” he added.

“AATC is proud to work with Malaysia Airlines and support the carrier’s flight crew training needs for its A350 XWB fleet,” said Jean-Francois Laval, Executive Vice President, Asia, Airbus. “This latest agreement underscores the close partnership between Airbus and Malaysia Airlines.”

Malaysia Airlines will take delivery of its first A350-900 at the end of this year. Altogether the airline will acquire six aircraft on lease from Air Lease Corporation.  The airline will operate the aircraft on premium long haul routes, with a luxurious three-class layout.

AATC in Singapore is part of the Airbus global flight training network, which also includes training centres in Toulouse, Miami and Beijing. The Airbus training centres all offer identical courses, with the latest facilities, including full flight simulators and fixed training devices.

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Manufacture of parts of Malaysia Airlines’ A350 XWB Begins in Malaysia

Manufacture of parts for the first of six new Airbus A350-900s for Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has begun around the world – including here in Malaysia.

CTRM and Spirits Aerosystems, two of Airbus’ Malaysia-based industrial partners, have begun producing components for the aircraft at their plants in Melaka and Subang, respectively.

Airbus A350 XWB work undertaken at CTRM and Spirit Aerosystems currently includes the manufacture of components for wings and engine nacelles.

Powered by two Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, MAB’s six new A350-900s will be acquired on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) and will be delivered between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018. The airline will operate the aircraft on its premium routes with a luxurious three class layout.

The A350 XWB is the world’s latest generation airliner and the newest member of Airbus’ modern, comfortable & efficient widebody product family. It features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 810 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 43 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

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Boeing and Malaysia Airlines Announce Order for up to 50 737 MAX Airplanes

Order for 25 737 MAX 8s, purchase rights for additional 737 MAX 8s and MAX 9s — Newest Boeing model to drive national carrier’s fleet, growth plan

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 27, 2016 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Malaysia Airlines Berhad (Malaysia Airlines) announced today an order for 25 737 MAX 8 airplanes, valued at $2.75 billion dollars at current list prices. The order, previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, also includes purchase rights for additional 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 airplanes.

“This deal is a game-changer for Malaysia Airlines with much lower costs and greater efficiency which we will pass on to our loyal customers with lower fares,” said Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew. “With the 737 MAX’s longer range capabilities, we will be able to connect our passengers to more destinations, in greater comfort and with superior economics.”

The Malaysian national carrier has operated almost every derivative of the 737 airplane family and took delivery of its 100th 737 in December 2014. Malaysia Airlines currently operates 56 737-800s.

“The 737 MAX will continue the superior operating economics and reliability of the 737 that Malaysia Airlines has depended on for more than 40 years,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific & India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are honored to continue our long partnership with Malaysia Airlines and welcome them to the growing 737 MAX family.”

“Malaysia Airlines is now on a path to growth across the Asean region,” said Bellew. “This new aircraft order will set the stage for our continued recovery and success into the next decade.”

The 737 MAX will deliver 20 percent lower fuel use than the first Next-Generation 737s and the lowest operating costs in its class – 8 percent per seat less than its nearest competitor. The new single-aisle airplane incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

About Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines is the national carrier of Malaysia, offering the best way to fly to, from and around Malaysia. Among the few airlines to have won both a Skytrax five-star rating and World’s Best Cabin Crew award, Malaysia Airlines takes our 40,000 guests daily on memorable journeys inspired by Malaysia’s diverse richness.

Malaysia Airlines embodies the incredible diversity of Malaysia, capturing its rich traditions, cultures, cuisines and warm hospitality on board, while opening up more of Malaysia’s destinations than any other airline.

Since September 2015, the airline has been owned and operated by Malaysia Airlines Berhad. As a member of oneworld®, Malaysia Airlines and its partners in the global alliance offer a superior, seamless travel experience to more than 1,000 destinations in 150 plus countries, with special privileges and rewards for frequent flyers, including access to more than 650 airport lounges worldwide. Up to 90 destinations will be serviced across Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East via a new codeshare partnership with Emirates, signed in early 2016.

For further information: Contacts: Joanna Pickup (Seattle) International Communications Boeing Commercial Airplanes +1 425-879-6077 joanna.pickup@boeing.com; Faridah Hashim Group Corporate Communications Malaysia Airlines Berhad +60 19 2124420 faridah.hashim@malaysiaairlines.com

Source : Boeing Website

Malaysia Airlines’ turns attention to passenger improvement with new business class seat

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330 9M-MTD in Melbourne in 2011 (Mehdi Nazarinia)

Malaysia Airlines’ new business class seats on its Airbus A330-300 fleet represent the carrier’s focus on improving the passenger experience amid ongoing operational and behind-the-scenes changes at rehabilitating the loss-making carrier.

Since taking over as chief executive in August 2015, Christoph Muller and his management team has cut routes, disposed of surplus aircraft and slashed the workforce by about 30 per cent in an effort to turn around the airline’s financial performance.

While ongoing, those efforts have already yielded some promising results, with Malaysia Airlines reporting revenue per available seat kilometre (RASK) grew 10 per cent in the three months to February 2016. Load factors were also up in the quarter.

Malaysia head of sales Laurent Recoura says the new business class seats being installed on the A330-300 fleet is something new and fresh for the customer.

The airline displayed a working model of its business class seat at a function for the travel trade and other invited guests at a function in Sydney on Wednesday, which also featured a musical performance from Australian singer Kate Cebrano.

Kate Cebrano performing at the Malaysia Airlines business class launch in Sydney. (Jordan Chong)
Kate Cebrano performing at the Malaysia Airlines business class launch in Sydney. (Jordan Chong)
Malaysia Airlines' new business class on display in Sydney. (Jordan Chong)
Malaysia Airlines’ new business class on display in Sydney. (Jordan Chong)

“Now is the time where we need to deliver more new products, because in the eyes of the public sometimes we hear ‘you guys, you’ve been very busy but we didn’t see something for us, the customer’,” Recoura told guests at the function.

“Right now, the message we are sending to the industry and to the world: we are back in the game.

“We have something fresh and innovative. It’s a very nice product.”

Malaysia Airlines chose Sydney as the inaugural route to feature the Thompson Vantage seat, which coverts into a fully flat bed and is a significant upgrade from the previous angled lie-flat offering. The first flight was on March 23.

The refits of all 15 Airbus A330-300s were expected to be completed by September, with the business class cabin cut from 36 seats to 27 seats in the new 1-2-1 and 1-2-2 configuration. The 43-inch seat pitch coverts into a 76-inch flat bed.

There were no changes to the economy cabin. The aircraft serves Australia, Asia and New Zealand from the airline’s Kuala Lumpur hub.

“The introduction of the A330 Business Class seat will make us more competitive against other full-service carriers and is part of our push to make Malaysia Airlines the preferred carrier to, from and around Malaysia,” Malaysia Airlines chief commercial officer Paul Simmons said in a statement.

“This is the start of an exciting roll-out of new, innovative and personalised products and services that we can’t wait to share with our guests.”

A version of the Malaysia Airlines’ Thompson Vantage seat was also found on airlines such as Austrian, Delta and India’s Jet Airways.

Recoura said the airline was hoping to grow inbound tourism to Malaysia, which has a sizeable domestic market.

“You have seen a lot of adjustments in our network, we’ve cut a lot of capacity in a lot of markets, but what we are doing right now is also putting Malaysia, the destination, in the centre of our network,” Recoura said.

“We have a wonderful destination, it is a great country, we need to make more noise about it.”

 

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Malaysia Airlines CEO cites personal reasons for early exit

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Malaysia Airlines (MAB) is searching for a new chief executive after announcing Christoph Mueller will leave the company in September for personal reasons.

Mueller, who started as chief executive in March 2015 and was appointed for a three-year term, was charged with turning around the loss-making carrier.

Since taking the job, the German has cut the workforce by 30 per cent, withdrawn older aircraft and dropped poorly-performing routes. MAB has also forged a new alliance with Emirates to boost its network to Europe, the Middle East and beyond as the airline focused on strengthening its presence in Asia Pacific.

Mueller said he was proud of what had been achieved so far in his time as chief executive.

“Unfortunately, personal circumstances will make it difficult for me to complete my full term,” Mueller said in a statement on Wednesday.

“I am confident that the company is now on the right track to succeed in its next phase of growth under a new CEO.

“I remain fully committed to do everything possible to facilitate the continuing turnaround of Malaysia Airlines.”

MAB chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof said Mueller would stay on the MAB board once he finishes up as chief executive to ensure an orderly transition to the new boss.

Meanwhile, chief operations officer Peter Bellew has been appointed to the board as an executive director.

“We are very disappointed to lose Christoph as CEO but we fully understand his reasons and respect his need to do this,” Yusof said.

“On behalf of the board, the management team and the employees, I want to thank Christoph for his immense contribution to the restructuring of Malaysia Airlines.”

Yusof said there were encouraging signs the airline was on the right path to recovery.

As part of a massive restructure of the loss-making carrier, Malaysia Airlines was relaunched on September 1 2015 as a new company, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB).

The “new” airline has a workforce of about 14,000, after 6,000 employees were made redundant as part of the transition from the old Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) to MAB.

The oneworld alliance member ended service to Brisbane and and reduced frequencies to Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide from its Kuala Lumpur hub as part of broader network changesin a bid to return the Malaysia flag carrier to profitability.

All Boeing 777-200ERs have also been withdrawn from the fleet. MAB has also ordered four A350-900s via leasing companies, with the first to arrive in the second half of 2017, and installed new business class seats on its Airbus A330 fleet.

In March, MAB said revenue per available seat kilometre (RASK) rose 10 per cent in the three months to February 2016, compared with the prior corresponding period, as the benefits of some network changes began to flow through to the bottom lone. Load factors were also up in the quarter.

Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund and MAB’s sole shareholder, noted Mueller had fulfilled much of the five-year, 12-point Malaysia Airlines Recovery Plan (MRP) established in August 2014.

“Mueller has laid the groundwork, put in place a strong management team, and undertaken the necessary measures and initiatives that have produced encouraging signs of progress on Malaysia Airline’s path to recovery,” Khazanah said in a statement.

“While we would have wanted Mr. Mueller to continue as planned, we also respect and ultimately agree to his decision to leave ahead of the end of his three-year contract, due to a change in his personal circumstances.

“Khazanah will continue to support and drive the recovery further in the remaining 40 months of the MRP.”

 

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Malaysia Airlines appoints new country manager for Australia, New Zealand and South West Pacific

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330 9M-MTD in Melbourne in 2011 (Mehdi Nazarinia)

Malaysia Airlines has appointed a new country manager for Australia, New Zealand and South West Pacific after promoting incumbent Lee Poh Kait to a wider role within the recently restructured airline.

Malaysia Airlines' Lee Poh Kait. (Malaysia Airlines)

Lee, who has been with Malaysia Airlines for eight years, will have an expanded role as regional manager for Australia, NZ, South West Pacific and ASEAN.

Meanwhile, Bennet Michael Stephens is the new country manager for Australia, New Zealand and South West Pacific. Stephens was previously Malaysia Airlines commercial route manager for Australia, NZ, the Americas and North Asia.

New Malaysia Airlines chief executive Christoph Mueller described Lee as one of the top sales and marketing executives in the aviation industry.

“His knowledge, passion and strong relationships with staff and partners make him the best person to lead our new company forward,” Mueller said in a statement.

 

As part of a massive restructure of the loss-making carrier, Malaysia Airlines was relaunched on September 1 as new company, Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB).

The “new” airline will have a workforce of about 14,000, after 6,000 employees were made redundant as part of the transition from the old Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) to MAB.

The oneworld alliance member has also ended service to Brisbane and and reduced frequencies to Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide from its Kuala Lumpur hub as part of broader network changes in a bid to return the Malaysia flag carrier to profitability.

The airline was also closing its airport lounges in Singapore and Perth.

 

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