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  1. Yes, Firefly growth will take place gradually, so quite a lot of the B738 leases would have expired before they are ready to take them. Also MH will not be letting go of their planes until the Max is in place. As you have pointed out, Malaysian airlines (unlike American and European airlines) did not get any government grants during the pandemic. MH does not have capital right now - all the money Khazanah pledged to them is basically to cover operational expenses. So they will take the lowest capital cost on offer. It would appear that right now, the A330Neo is closest to that objective, plus it will not increase operational costs too much.
  2. Yes, MH has been traditionally terrible in fleet planning - that is why they have ended up with a fleet that does not promote cost effectiveness and efficiency. For the narrow body fleet, their order swap with ALC during the Singapore Airshow probably means that they have settled for a fleet of 25 Max 8s - not sure what will happen to the Max 10 order since the plane is still not certified. With Firefly now operating B738s, I would imagine that the remaining leased aircraft will be transferred to them. For widebody, it is logical that the ex-Air Berlin A322s would go as they were brought in solely to operate the longer routes. With the A339 now capable of longer range, they no longer need to sacrifice payload for range. The older A333s are still good for the shorter routes and I gues that MAB will keep them until their leases expire. They may want to add 2 or 3 A359s for the more premium routes (e.g. Japan) or if they intend to explore the EU destinations (e.g. Paris) again. I think B787-9 is a remote possibility but MAB needs bids from Boeing to ensure that Airbus can give them a good deal!
  3. The problem is that bringing B787s into the fleet will mean additional investment will be needed for infrastructure to handle the aircraft. MH has existing infrastructure for A330s and A350s - so any order for more A359s and A339s will not entail massive investments for infrastructure.
  4. Malaysia Airlines nearing decision on replacing 21 A330s, says CEO https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/malaysia-airlines-nearing-decision-replacing-21-a330s-says-ceo Will it be announced at Farnborough? Also, what will they order to replace the freighters, this report seems to cover only the pax aircraft?
  5. Does anyone know when they are launching scheduled flights?
  6. I think they were originally meant for Lion Air and not Batik Air. That explains the seating. But they were also lazy and did not modify the cabin for Batik Air operations.
  7. The aircraft they are currently flying are already in Batik Air livery. We now wait for the arrival of the Max.
  8. AirAsia X strikes off majority of A330neo order Long-haul budget carrier AirAsia X appears to have slashed its orders for Airbus A330-900s by more than 60. The airframer has listed 63 cancellations for the long-haul twinjet during March, and AirAsia X’s commitment has fallen from 78 to 15 aircraft. Full report here: https://www.flightglobal.com/air-transport/airasia-x-strikes-off-majority-of-a330neo-order/148216.article?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=Sendible&utm_campaign=RSS
  9. 10 March 2022 - DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has entered into a Crew and Maintenance agreement (CM) with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to deploy five Boeing 777 freighters. This agreement marks a further step in DHL Express' expansion of its intercontinental air network to meet customer demand in fast-growing international express shipping markets. https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/my/media-centre/press-release/article/?q=en_UK/2022/January-March/jr0522-220310
  10. CAM’s first A321-200PCF conversions are under LOI to Malaysia-based Raya Airways, which provides air cargo service to more than 10 locations across the Asia-Pacific region. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220308005976/en/ATSG-Subsidiary-Cargo-Aircraft-Management-Inducts-Its-First-A321-to-Freighter-Conversion
  11. The price of oil is now going thru the roof - they may have to postpone their plans...
  12. The Max should carry Batik Air branding as that was what it was operating as previously.
  13. I believe all of Malindo's B739s have been sold to Delta and have been flown to the US for reconfiguration. Here is a report from last year: Malindo Air to take delivery 10 Boeing B737 MAX, employ up to 1,500 staff
  14. That is probably 20 years away! It would be interesting to see how far carbon fibre manufacturing technologies have progressed as they will need to fabricate a huge fuselage extension section for the Beluga.
  15. A350F: Five reasons why it will deliver freight in a smarter way https://www.airbus.com/en/newsroom/stories/2022-02-a350f-five-reasons-why-it-will-deliver-freight-in-a-smarter-way
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