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  1. AirAsia Group continues to accelerate A320ceo fleet retirement with following returned to lessors in recent months: MSN 2633 9M-AFB AirAsia Malaysia to Volotea as EC-NOY MSN 2656 9M-AFC AirAsia Malaysia to Laudamotion as 9H-LMT MSN 3576 HS-ABG Thai AirAsia to Volotea as EC-NON MSN 3679 HS-ABH Thai AirAsia MSN 3729 HS-ABI Thai AirAsia MSN 3765 PK-AXF Indonesia AirAsia to Volotea as EC-NOQ MSN 3963 PK-AXI Indonesia AirAsia to Volotea as EC-NOR MSN 4035 PK-AXJ Indonesia AirAsia to Volotea as EC-NOS Source: Skyliner-aviation.de, planespotters.net, IG
  2. Updating AirAsia X fleet news, following some lessors took back their aircraft, the following aircraft have left AirAsia Group: 1. 9M-XBD MSN713 -> Returned to lessor JLPS in July 2020, now converted to freighter at Dresden, Germany 2. HS-XTB MSN786 -> Returned to lessor AerCap in April 2021, re-registered as EC-NOG, currently in pre-delivery check in Singapore 3. HS-XTD MSN741 -> Returned to lessor AerCap in March 2021, re-registered as EC-NOF, currently location unknown 4. 9M-XXK MSN1433 -> Sold in April 2021, new owner unknown and currently stored at Nimes-Garons Airport, France 5. 9M-XXP MSN1481 -> Returned to lessor Aircastle in February 2021 and currently stored at Toowoomba Airport, Australia 6. 9M-XXY MSN1600 -> Returned to lessor Seraph Aviation in February 2021 and currently stored at Nimes-Garons Airport, France From its peak of 40 airframes, current A330-300ceo fleet stands at 32 with 1 pending for delivery HS-XTM for Thai AirAsia X. Rumour is swirling AirAsia X will return more A330-300ceo to lessors as Vietjet has picked some ex-AirAsia X airframe to launch their mid-long haul destinations. AirAsia X has rejected lease for 7 A330-900neo which have been completed and stored at Toulouse, France. Information Source: airliners.net, planespotters.net
  3. AirAsia X A330-343 9M-XXK left for Nimes, France for storage, reportedly sold. Update from Skyliner-aviation.de: Airbus A330-343 1433 9M-XXK AirAsia X Ferried 01 April 21 KUL-FNI on return to lessor ex F-WWCS https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/9m-xxk AirAsiax previously appointed AMS Aircraft and Eastmerchant to sell 2 A330-300s (MSN1423 9M-XXJ and MSN1433 9M-XXK) Read More: http://www.avimeter.com/aircraft/airasiax-mandates-ams-aircraft-and-eastmerchant-to-sell-2-x-a330-300s © Avimeter
  4. If Aircastle is concerned, next two to go will be 9M-XXW MSN 1596, and 9M-XXI MSN 1411
  5. AirAsia X A330-343 9M-XXY MSN 1600 (stored at Nimes) & 9M-XXP MSN 1481 (stored at Toowoomba) have been repossessed by lessors.
  6. This aircraft has repossessed by lessor Aircastle. Here she is after arriving at Toowoomba Airport: https://www.instagram.com/p/CLYcrymBgSF/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link  The airport has several repossessed aircraft, including VA A330-243 VH-XFH, entire B77W fleet, few B738 and Tigerair A320-232.
  7. Apart from that they took quite aggressive steps to reduce loss, raising capital. Reduce total number of employees from 19,000- 21,000 to about 9,000-11,000 by the end of this year. However, they will start recruiting again to reach the target of 13,000-15,000 in 2025. Travel privilege for current employees will be getting cut down. No more ticket offer for former employees and family member of deceased employees(!) (except those who participated in their MSS program) Merging some divisions and downgrading management level for employees from 8 to 5 layers. Reducing the number of executives from 740 to 500. This initiatives has been completed. Selling off staff training center building and various office space including Headquarter to shore up capital. Holding warehouse sales to sell off Dom Perignon, Veuve Cliquot, salt and pepper shakers, and every inflight amenities, past and present generations. Reduction of pilot from 1,400 to 905. 495 pilots to be made redundant. All remaining 905 pilot will receive new contract with new salary and benefits schedule on 18th February 2021. Leasing or buying another 13 new widebodies and 10 narrowbodies, if the plan is approved by restructuring governing board. This include 10 B787 aircraft, bringing total to 18. Another 3 B77W which are now fully built and ready for delivery. 10 A320neo narrowbodies would be for Thai Smile replace current older A320ceo. Selling off 42 surplus aircraft, as noted above: 10 x Boeing 747-400s 2 x Airbus A380-800s 12 x Boeing 777-200s 6 x Boeing 777-300s 3 x Airbus A340-500s 6 x Airbus A340-600s 1 x Airbus A300-600 2 x Boeing 737-400s While Thai Airways International Group has been quite upfront with their restructuring plan, Malaysia Airlines Group has been quiet..........like very quiet.
  8. Khazanah Nasional to inject RM3.6b in Malaysia Airlines after UK Court approves the airline's RM16b restructuring plan KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 22): Khazanah Nasional Bhd, the sole shareholder of Malaysia Airlines Bhd, has committed to inject RM3.6 billion in new capital into the national carrier's holding company Malaysia Aviation Group Bhd (MAG), to fund the group's business until 2025. Malaysia Airlines’ RM16 billon debt restructuring plan has been given the green light by the UK High Court today, with the deal set to complete by early next month. In a statement this evening, MAG said the UK High Court has sanctioned a scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the UK Companies Act 2006 between MAG’s leasing entity MAB Leasing Ltd and the majority of MAG’s aircraft operating lessors today. https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/khazanah-nasional-inject-rm36bil-malaysia-airlines-after-uk-court-approves-airlines-rm16bil
  9. AirAsia Group has transferred AirAsia Japan A320-216ceo JA02DJ (MSN 6972) back to Malaysia mainline as 9M-RAU. JA01DJ (MSN 6702) and JA03DJ (MSN 8746) have also returned to KUL in late January 2021.
  10. After languishing at KLIA for two weeks, AP-BMH was flown back to Islamabad earlier today 29th January 2021. https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ap-bmh https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/court-orders-malaysian-govt-release-pakistan-international-airlines-plane It was stated PIA has paid USD 7 million out of the USD 14 million owed by PIA towards the lessor.
  11. MSN 9512 A321-251NX AirAsia Malaysia (9M-VAC) to North-West Air Air Company, currently stored at Tallinn Airport, Estonia. MSN 9516 A320-251NX Thai AirAsia ntu (unassigned), currently stored in full livery minus engine at TLS. MSN 9524 A321-251NX AirAsia Malaysia ntu (9M-VAD) to North-West Air Air Company, currently stored at Tallinn Airport, Estonia with MSN 9512 MSN 9525 A320-251NX AirAsia India VT-ATE, delivered 26th November 2020. MSN 9566 A320-251NX AirAsia Japan ntu (JA04DJ) to SkyExpress as SX-TEC, delivered to new owner 23rd December 2020. MSN 10079 A320-251NX AirAsia Malaysia ntu (9M-RAU), still stored at Chateauroux Airport, France in full AirAsia livery. MSN 10083 A320-251NX AirAsia Malaysia to SkyExpress as SX-IOG, delivered to new owner 27th November 2020. MSN 10156 A320-251NX AirAsia India VT-ATG, delivered 9th December 2020. NOTES: #4 and #8 are not NTU. Delivery was heavily delayed due to COVID19, guess Tata bankrolled their deliveries Previously listed MSN 10161 A321-251NX is meant for Capital Airlines since factory fresh, not AirAsia ntu. Only A320-251NX MSN 9516 and MSN 10079 are still looking for new home, out of six NTUs.
  12. ISLAMABAD (Jan 15): A Pakistan International Airlines plane has been held back by Malaysian authorities over a British court case, the airline said on Friday, adding that it would pursue the matter through diplomatic channels. The Boeing 777 aircraft was seized after a court order, an airline spokesman said, and alternative arrangements were being made for passengers due to fly back to Pakistan. "A PIA aircraft has been held back by a local court in Malaysia taking a one-sided decision pertaining to a legal dispute between PIA and another party pending in a UK court," a PIA spokesman said in a statement. The national carrier in a statement described the situation as "unacceptable" and said it had asked for support from Pakistan's government to raise the matter diplomatically. https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/pakistan-international-airlines-plane-held-back-msian-authorities-over-uk-court-case-— https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ap-bmh Aircraft is B777-2Q8ER, AP-BMH. 15 years old vintage from Vietnam Airlines VN-A150 https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/boeing-777-200-ap-bmh-pia-pakistan-international-airlines/e54vwv
  13. Norwegian Ends Plans to Fly Longhaul Norwegian has announced it will no longer fly long-haul routes, even after the pandemic, bringing an end to its low-cost, long-haul vision and spelling the loss of about 1,100 jobs based at Gatwick airport. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jan/14/norwegian-axes-long-haul-flights-and-cuts-1100-gatwick-jobs#:~:text=Norwegian has announced it will,jobs based at Gatwick airport.
  14. AirAsia X shows court creditors' support for restructuring plan KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 14): Most of AirAsia X Bhd's (AAX) lessors support a restructuring plan, and the Malaysian airline has received interest from potential investors for fundraising after reorganization, court documents filed this month show. In emails attached to the court filings, supportive lessors said they wanted to continue discussions with the budget airline and potential new investors, seeking more equitable terms and new commercial arrangements. More: https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/airasia-x-shows-court-creditors-support-restructuring-plan
  15. The aircraft is now registered as N926PN, registered to a dummy company based at Florida, USA. Last spotted in UK.
  16. The only way moving forward is AirAsia X would be: Drop X brand, consolidate crew A320/A321/A330 and operation Sell off off or returned all A330ceo, Malaysia operation at least. Switch to A321XLR for Malaysia operation with approximately 10 A339neo. Grow from there again. Cut 78 A339neo order to approximately 25, allocate most to Thai operation, small fleet for Malaysia. Switch one-to-one basis A330ceo to A330neo for Thai operation. Move upwards to more premium market for flight above four hours. Concentrate on high load route within Asia Pacific, optimising capacity between China- Aus/New Zealand Build a hub at BKI to East Asia and Australasia (depends on regulatory approval
  17. AirAsia to cut India stake to 13%, Tata mulls mega carrier AirAsia Group plans to cut its stake in AirAsia India (I5, Bangalore Int'l) from 49% to just 13%, unnamed sources have told The Times of India, giving joint venture partner Tata Sons a significantly greater hold over the airline. However, the low-cost carrier will continue to use the AirAsia brand for some time, together with other arrangements such as aircraft maintenance and ticketing and accounting software. While the Malaysian group continues to run a common website for its operations in different countries, Tata Sons has started setting up a separate website for AirAsia India, according to the newspaper. The Indian conglomerate’s information technology subsidiary Tata Consultancy Services is also reportedly developing pilot and crew management software. “It is not going to be an instant divorce but a prolonged one,” a source said. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/98617-airasia-to-cut-india-stake-to-13-tata-mulls-mega-carrier
  18. Norwegian mulls end to long-haul, lessors impatient - report Although Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen) shareholders backed the troubled carrier’s restructuring plans last week, its creditors have said they are not happy with the legal process's pace. The airline’s executives have given themselves one month to complete the plans, including deciding the fate of its long-haul operations. As previously reported, Norwegian has obtained the support of its shareholders in an extraordinary general meeting for its restructuring plan, including the issuance of new shares and debt conversion. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/98621
  19. British Airways axes several destinations for Summer 2021, including KUL: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/traveltrade/bookings-policies/policies/askba?faqid=8497
  20. Actually they placed firm order for 25 (15 B737MAX-8 & 10 B737MAX-10) with 25 options. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/85298-malaysia-airlines-defers-2020-b737-max-deliveries The delivery suspension was announced in Jan 2020, and no date was given when it would commence again. MH has not been assigned any official production line yet. There are plenty of white tails if MH would like to take early delivery but with COVID-19 around, I highly doubt so. Now that the MAX has been ungrounded, certification of MAX-10 will move quite swiftly.
  21. First image of livery on official FY IG. https://www.instagram.com/p/CIwuEhYHGD_/
  22. Airbus re-sells six unwanted jets built for AirAsia https://www.reuters.com/article/us-airbus-aircraft/airbus-re-sells-six-unwanted-jets-built-for-airasia-idUSKBN287219 Based on multiple sources, here are the updates: MSN 9512 A321-251NX AirAsia Malaysia (9M-VAC) to (unassigned), currently stored at Airbus production plant at Hamburg with engines installed. All white livery. MSN 9524 A321-251NX AirAsia Malaysia (9M-VAD) to (unassigned), currently actively being air tested at Airbus production plant at Hamburg with engines installed. All white livery. MSN 10079 A320-251NX AirAsia Malaysia 9M-RAU to (unassigned), rumoured to be going to SkyExpress, air tested on 26th November 2020 at Chateauroux Airport, France in full AirAsia livery. Delivered on contract as 9M-RAU, possibly to be repainted soon. MSN 10083 A320-251NX AirAsia Malaysia to SkyExpress as SX-IOG, delivered to new owner 27th November 2020 MSN 10156 A320-251NX, AirAsia India VT-ATG to ??, currently stored at Chateauroux Airport, France in full AirAsia India livery since 26th October 2020, possible NTU MSN 10161 A321-251NX AirAsia Malaysia (9M-VAE) to Capital Airlines, currently stored at Airbus production plant at Hamburg without engines. All white livery. Source: aibflights, news report, planespotters, Facebook Group, Instagram.
  23. https://fifthperson.com/2020-airasia-agm/ Interesting read. AirAsia is burning through RM527million cash monthly....
  24. In other news, on Tony's IG account, he mentioned AirAsia corporate jet Bombardier Global Express-BD-700-1A10 9M-CJG has been sold. The aircraft was flown out of KUL for one last time on 17th November 2020, after a night stopover at Tokyo, it left on 18th Nov 2020. Last tracked flying over Lyons, Kansas, United States https://planefinder.net/flight/9MCJG/time/2020-11-17T05:05:00.000Z/speed/1 https://www.radarbox.com/data/registration/9m-cjg
  25. AirAsia X ordered to pay RM35 mil to International Lease Finance Corp https://themalaysianreserve.com/2020/11/20/airasia-x-ordered-to-pay-rm35-mil-to-international-lease-finance-corp/ The High Court of Justice, Queens Bench Division, Commercial Court (High Court) has ordered AirAsia X Bhd and its subsidiaries, AAX Mauritius One Ltd (AAX Mauritius) and AAX Leasing Four Ltd (AAX Leasing Four) to pay the sum of £6,581,868.05 (RM35.82 million) to the International Lease Finance Corporation. In an exchange filing, the company said the amount is inclusive of costs and interests to the date of the judgement. “Notwithstanding, the company has not been served with the documents in relation to the claim filed by the Claimant with the High Court prior to the judgement. “The Claimant is the trustee of two aircraft leased by AAX Leasing Four,” said AirAsia X in the statement today.
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