Malaysia Airlines to get rid of A380’s by end of yearJanuary 4, 2018
Malaysia Airlines plans not to have any A380s in its fleet by the end of 2018, transferring them to a new charter airline.
The new management, which reversed the decision of the previous management under former CEO Peter Bellew to stop operating the A380’s on scheduled services once the second London flight transitioned to the new A350, will eventually carry on with the jumbo jet transfer.
The new charter airline intends to operate the aircraft in a higher density configuration on religious pilgrimage flights to Saudi Arabia.
While this is not new information, the fact is the deal between Malaysia Airlines and the new charter airline does not seem to have materialised so far.
Malaysia Airlines is now planning to use the A380 on some regional routes within Asia Pacific during peak periods of 2018.
The Malaysia Airlines fleet should not consist of any A380s by the end of 2018. In addition to the A350 deliveries, Malaysia Airlines is receiving six ex-Air Berlin A330-200s in 2018. These aircraft are essentially replacements for six 737-800s which exited the fleet in 2H2017.
Malaysia Airlines configures its A380s with 486 or 494 seats, consisting of eight seats in first, 66 lie-flat seats in business and 412 to 420 economy seats. The airline’s new fleet of A350s will have 286 seats consisting of four first class seats, 31 lie-flat business class seats, and 251 economy seats, said The Blue Swan Daily.