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A proposal to con gure some of the narrowbody
aircra in a single-class layout for domestic operations
is still being considered.
e rst of 15 Airbus A330-300 widebody twinjets
that the airline ordered in 2010 was delivered in
April, with another scheduled to be handed over in
May and three more later this year. e remaining ten
are expected to arrive from 2012 through to 2015.
MAS has said the new A330-300 fleet will
o er its passengers a new level of luxury in ight.
Passengers will enjoy wider seats and a new in- ight
entertainment (IFE) system, which the existing eet
To give business class passengers more space, the
number of seats in the premium cabin has been
reduced from 44 in the airline's current A330 eet
to 36, allowing a 15-inch increase in seat pitch to 60
MAS expects to save RM300 million (US$100
million) a year in operating costs with the
introduction of the new aircra , thanks to reduced
fuel-burn and maintenance requirements. e new
aircra will take over all routes now operated by the
carrier's existing A330 eet.
MAS has ordered six A380s from Airbus, ve of
which will be delivered in 2012, with the last arriving
the following year. e high-capacity, double-deck
aircra will be deployed on MAS's twice-daily Sydney
and London ser vices.
e A380s will replace the airline's remaining eet of
11 Boeing 747-400 jetliners. From an initial eet of 17,
three of the 747s were sold to an unidenti ed foreign
airline and three more leased to Alwafeer Air, a Saudi
Arabian charter carrier based in Jeddah.
MAS has no immediate plans to replace its eet of 17
Boeing 777-200 twinjets, which have a daily utilisation
rate of between 14-16 hours. e rst aircra was
delivered in 1997 and the last in November 2004.
" ere have been no concerns with the 777 and it
has proven to be a good aircra ," Azmil said.
MAS plans to keep operating the aircra for another
ve to seven years on long-haul ser vices to Tokyo's
Narita airport and Shanghai, China. e airline has
looked at Airbus's proposed A350 and Boeing 787
'Dreamliner' as potential future replacements for the
777s, but no formal evaluation process has yet begun.
"We will get into the process when the time is right,"
Azmil said. n
MAS expects to save US$100 million a year in operating costs
with the introduction of its new A330s.
Azmil says MAS is
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