Malaysia Airlines fleet

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Malaysia Airlines operates a fleet of Boeing 737 narrow-body aircraft and several types of wide-body aircraft manufactured by Airbus.

Current fleet[edit]

As of August 2018, the Malaysia Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[1]

Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
F B E+ E Total
Airbus A330-200 5 1 19 268 287 Taken over from former Air Berlin aircraft.[2]
Three aircraft in 'Malaysia Negaraku' livery.
Airbus A330-300 15 27 263 290[3] Two aircraft in Oneworld livery.
Airbus A350-900 6 4 35 27 220 286[4] Three aircraft in 'Malaysia Negaraku' livery.[5][6][7][8]
Airbus A380-800 6 8 66 412 486[9]
Boeing 737-800 48 16 144 160[10] One aircraft in 1972 retro livery.
One aircraft in Oneworld livery.
One aircraft in 'Malaysia Negaraku' livery.
Boeing 737 MAX 8 15 TBA Deliveries scheduled to begin in 2019.[11]
Boeing 737 MAX 10 10 TBA Orders converted from original 737 MAX 8 order.[12]
Total 80 26

Aircraft types[edit]

Airbus A330-200[edit]

Malaysia Airlines has leased six Airbus A330-200s,[13] used for several high-demand medium haul routes. The aircraft are secondhand and will keep the configuration of their previous operator, Air Berlin of being having 19 Business Class seats and 271 Economy Class seats.[13] The airline previously operated five A330-200s between 2003 and 2013.[citation needed]

Airbus A330-300[edit]

Malaysia Airlines' Airbus A330-300 fleet is used to fly medium-to-long-haul routes.[citation needed] They are painted in the new livery and are also equipped with enhanced in-flight features, as part of the airline's fleet renewal programme. The first of these new A330s arrived in 2011.[14]

Malaysia Airlines previously operated 13 'older generation' A330-300s, receiving its first in 1995. All of them have since been phased out of the fleet.[citation needed]

Airbus A350-900[edit]

Malaysia Airlines began taking delivery of six Airbus A350-900 aircraft in 2017 to replace the ageing Boeing 777 fleet and was the first A350-900 operator to offer First Class.[15] They are configured to accommodate 4 seats in First Class, 35 seats in Business Class and 247 seats in Economy Class (286 seats in total) after MAB CEO, Peter Bellew said premium economy seats "would erode our business product and revenues".[16][15][17][18]

Airbus A380-800[edit]

Malaysia Airlines signed a contract with Airbus to purchase six Airbus A380s in 2003 to replace the ageing Boeing 747 fleet, which has been operated since 1990. The airline expected to receive its first Airbus A380 in 2007, but delivery was delayed due to manufacturing problems.[19][20] On 3 October 2006, upon completion of a review of the A380 program, the deliveries were pushed approximately two years back to 2009.[20][21]

Malaysia Airlines and Airbus agreed on compensation and a new schedule for the deliveries on 31 March 2008, considering new overall plans of the airline, with the deliveries to be made in 2011.[22][23][24] However, Airbus postponed the delivery of the first A380 for the second time.

The first A380 was delivered in June 2012[citation needed] and featured an all-new livery to highlight the airline's 'wau' kite design element.[25] The first A380 commercial flight commenced on 1 July 2012 flying from Kuala Lumpur to London, with Kuala Lumpur - Sydney flights following on 25 September 2012.[26] The airline completed deliveries of all six A380s in March 2013, with the last being the 100th A380 produced.[27]

The A380 has 8 seats in first class at the front of the lower deck, 66 business class seats on the upper deck and a total of 420 economy seats across both decks, with 350 on the lower deck and 70 upstairs.[28] Children under 12 are allowed to travel in the upper deck economy cabin.[29] Malaysia Airlines originally wanted to introduce Premium Economy class into the A380, but more Economy Class seats were fitted instead.[citation needed]

On 30 April 2015, it was announced that Malaysia Airlines would seek to sell or lease out all six of its Airbus A380s due to its ongoing financial crisis.[30][31] It has since decided to keep the A380s in service.

Boeing 737-800[edit]

Malaysia Airlines' Boeing 737-800 aircraft fly to regional South-East Asia and domestic destinations. The 737-800 order was announced at the Farnborough Air Show on 16 July 2008. In February 2009, Malaysia Airlines received two leased 737-800s in advance of its own aircraft.

Boeing 737 MAX[edit]

On 27 July 2016, Malaysia Airlines announced the purchase of 25 Boeing 737 MAX jets, consisting of 25 firm orders and 25 options for both MAX 8 and MAX 10 models. Deliveries of the aircraft on order, priced around 5.5 billion dollars, is expected to commence in 2019, replacing some of the Boeing 737-800s currently in service.[32]

Historical fleet[edit]

Malaysia Airlines and its predecessor companies have flown the following aircraft types in the past:[33][better source needed]

Malaysia Airlines historical fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Replacement Notes
Airbus A300B4 5 1979 1990 Airbus A330 OK-YAA was crashed as Malaysian Airline System Flight 684.
Boeing 707 10 1958 1980 Airbus A300
Boeing 737-100 5 1965 1972 Boeing 737 Classic Operated in Malaysia–Singapore Airlines era.
Transferred to Singapore Airlines on 1 October 1972.
Boeing 737-200 23 1972 1994 Boeing 737 Classic 9M-MBD was crashed as Malaysian Airline System Flight 653.
Boeing 737-300F 2 1984 Unknown None Converted as freighters for MASKargo.
Boeing 737-400 46 1992 2014 Boeing 737-800
Boeing 737-500 9 1992 2000 Boeing 737-800
Boeing 737-700/BBJ1 1 1999 2003 None Sold to Royal Malaysian Air Force
Boeing 747-100 1 1982 1984 Boeing 747-200
Boeing 747-200 6 1982 2005 Boeing 747-400
Boeing 747-200C 2 1982 1983 None Leased from World Airways
Boeing 747-200SF 9 2002 2011 Boeing 747-400F Operated for MASKargo
Boeing 747-300 1 1986 1997 Boeing 747-400 After retired, it was converted into freighter.
Boeing 747-300SF 1 1998 2002 Boeing 747-400F
Boeing 747-400 19 1990 2016 Airbus A380-800 One aircraft was converted into Boeing Dreamlifter.
Boeing 747-400M 2 1989 2003 Airbus A380-800
Boeing 747-400F 2 2006 2018 None
Boeing 777-200ER 17 1997 2016 Airbus A330
Airbus A350-900
9M-MRO went missing as Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
9M-MRD was shot down in Ukranian airspace as Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
Bristol Britannia 9 1957 1963 Unknown Operated in Malayan Airways era.
Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander 4 1965 Unknown Unknown
de Havilland Comet 7 1952 1969 Boeing 707 Operated by Malaysian Airways/Malaysia-Singapore Airlines 1965-1969.
de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Unknown 1948 Unknown Unknown Operated by MAL under Federated Air Service.
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 7 1966 2006 Unknown
Fokker F27 Friendship 20 1958 Unknown Fokker 50
Fokker 50 12 1987 2006 None 9M-MGH was crashed as Malaysia Airlines Flight 2133.
Douglas DC-3 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Some fleets were ex-Borneo Airways.
Fleet were added to MAL fleet upon the absorption of Borneo Airways in 1965.
Douglas DC-4 Unknown 1946 Unknown Unknown ex-Borneo Airways fleet.
Lockheed Super Constellation Unknown 1951 Unknown Unknown Malayan Airways fleet.
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 3 1976 2000 Boeing 777-200ER
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 14 1976 2000 Boeing 777-200ER
McDonnell Douglas MD-11 3 1990 2000 Boeing 777-200ER
Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer 2 1956 Unknown Unknown Ex-Borneo Airways fleet
Vickers Viscount 2 1953 1963 Unknown Used by Malayan Airways from 1959-1963.

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External links[edit]

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