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MASkargo eyes bigger freighters next year


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#1 flee

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 08:51 PM

MAalaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), the air cargo subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, says it is looking for bigger cargo planes next year when the lease of its four narrow-body freighters expires.
Managing director Shahari Sulaiman said he was deliberating on the best aircraft type for the carrier in light of a recovery in world air freight volume and was considering wide-body freighters such as the Boeing 747-400 and the Airbus 330.

Currently, MASkargo has a wet-lease contract for four 747-200 freighters (747-200Fs) provided by Air Atlanta Icelandic, which expires at the end of April next year. This is in addition to two 747-400Fs that it owns.

A wet lease is the leasing of a plane including crew, maintenance and insurance.

"Next year, we have an opportunity to right-size our freighter capacity (to better match demand). We are working out what is the best aircraft type to use beyond April and may look at the bigger 747-400Fs or A330Fs," Shahari told Business Times in an interview.
He added that cargo volume in the third quarter had shown encouraging signs of a recovery.

MASkargo saw year-on-year demand improve from a 30 per cent decline in the first quarter of the year to a 23 per cent decline in the second quarter. Its biggest improvement was in the third quarter, with September showing a 9 per cent decline.

"Cargo volume handled in September was higher than in December last year. As such, we expect to see positive growth in cargo volume by November."

While Shahari believes that the worst is over for the air cargo industry, he feels that recovery will be slow.

"This year, the business environment has never been this challenging for the aviation industry, including the air cargo segment. Volume has dropped drastically and the region most impacted was Asia-Pacific.

"However, in recent months, we see a recovery (in volume) in Asia-Pacific, especially China. So, while we were the first (region) to be hit by the global economic crisis, we were also the first to recover from it," he said.

MASkargo's average load factor continues to hover at 70 per cent, above the 48 per cent market average, thanks to capacity cuts in the first quarter.

"We parked one of our 747-400Fs in March this year to cut costs amid the global economic downturn. In addition, our parent MAS had cut scheduled passenger flights by 13 per cent, affecting the bellyhold capacity which accounts for 60 per cent of our cargo capacity. These measures have kept our cargo load factor up," said Shahari.

However, with capacity down, even though cargo numbers have started to rise, yields remain weak.

"According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the yield dilution in the airline industry was close to 17 per cent. Ours are below that level," Shahari said.

In response to the seasonal upturn in cargo demand in the fourth quarter, MASkargo brought back into service last month its parked 747-400F.

"With the reintroduction of our freighter, we launched a once-weekly service between Kuala Lumpur and Narita, Tokyo, via Senai, Johor Baru, and increased our flights between Pudong, Shanghai, and Amsterdam to twice a week.

"We have also increased our charter business from China to Europe as well as to new destinations never served before. For instance, last month, we provided a charter flight service from Melbourne to Djibouti," Shahari said.

On the home front, MASkargo will begin a "multi-million-ringgit" project to expand its cargo capacity at the Advanced Cargo Centre (ACC) at KL International Airport in Sepang by the year-end.

"We plan to increase our cargo handling capacity to one million tonnes a year within the next three to four years, from 650,000 tonnes at present, by improving our processes. The expanded facility will cater for our requirements for the next 10 years," Shahari said.

MASkargo expects to handle 600,000 tonnes of cargo at the ACC this year, down from 620,000 tonnes last year. However, it anticipates an increase of at least 10 per cent in cargo volume next year.

Source: http://www.btimes.co...icle/index_html


Maybe they should convert some of MAS' old 744's to F configuration. Or they can buy those parked MD-11's from Transmile.

#2 Waiping

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 09:01 PM

Would it be feasible to convert MH's unused B747s pax version to cargo?

Sidetrack a bit. Read from a magazine that one of CX Cargo's silver bullet B-HUR is currently on long term parking somewhere in US. Can other airlines lease those under long term parking?

#3 flee

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 09:37 PM

Would it be feasible to convert MH's unused B747s pax version to cargo?

Yes. See http://www.boeing.co...onversions.html

#4 Sharil Abdul Rahman

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 02:33 AM

Would be nice to see a 333F in MASKargo colours though, but isnt the capacity of a 333F smaller than the MD-11s?

#5 KK Lee

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 07:29 AM

Since many people believe MH couldn’t sustain A380 pax operation and A380 can’t be cancelled, may be Mas Kargo can use A380 for cargo :blink:

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#6 flee

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 09:08 AM

Would be nice to see a 333F in MASKargo colours though, but isnt the capacity of a 333F smaller than the MD-11s?

There is no A333F - Airbus is currently developing the A332F.

The A332F will not come in time unless MASKargo has managed to lease it. First flight of this aircraft is scheduled for November and first delivery (to Emirates) will be in the middle of next year. MD-11's have slightly more capacity when compared to the A332F.

Edited by flee, 21 October 2009 - 09:08 AM.


#7 Kee Hooi Yen

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 09:32 AM

Where is Transmile's MD-11 at the moment ?

#8 Eugene Koh

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 09:40 AM

Plenty of 744Fs for leased, many parked at Victorville. OR leased all 3 of Transmile MD11s.

#9 flee

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 09:47 AM

Where is Transmile's MD-11 at the moment ?

All four MD-11's are parked at SZB. Transmile are looking for buyers for these planes.

Edited by flee, 21 October 2009 - 09:48 AM.


#10 Mohd Suhaimi Fariz

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 09:57 AM

Since many people believe MH couldnít sustain A380 pax operation and A380 canít be cancelled, may be Mas Kargo can use A380 for cargo :blink:

:drinks:

Even FedEx cancelled their orders for the A380F...I doubt that plane is of any use to MASKargo.

#11 flee

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 01:46 PM

First flight of this aircraft is scheduled for November and first delivery (to Emirates) will be in the middle of next year.

Correction: Sorry, the first delivery is to Etihad.

#12 Pieter C.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 03:04 PM

MAalaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), the air cargo subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, says it is looking for bigger cargo planes next year when the lease of its four narrow-body freighters expires.

Currently, MASkargo has a wet-lease contract for four 747-200 freighters (747-200Fs) provided by Air Atlanta Icelandic, which expires at the end of April next year. This is in addition to two 747-400Fs that it owns.


1 - Since when is a 747-200Freighter a narrow-body ?
2 - bigger freighters than the 747-400Freighter ?

Load-wise, a -400 can haul more than a -200, but size is similar...

Are they looking for AN-124's or Galaxy's ?

#13 S V Choong

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 07:03 PM

Load-wise, a -400 can haul more than a -200, but size is similar...

Are they looking for AN-124's or Galaxy's ?

Are they dropping a hint that they might be looking at the 747-8 Freighter? :P

A332F?... they may as well go for the B777F.

#14 flee

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 07:58 PM

Pieter,

In Malaysia, there is no such thing as Aviation Correspondent. All the writers are merely reporters (who may have mass communications qualifications) - they are not specialists in any field. So please excuse their ignorance!

#15 Tony

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 07:52 AM

From past experience of being one of their many customers, I prefer they use the 74Fs (be it 742 or 744). Made life easy for me dispatching odd-size cargo. :drinks:

#16 C.Foo

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 10:09 AM

Except the MD-11's are a pain in the butt to mainatain that's why the 340 sold well. If MH was that desprate they could have a fleet of b757'S for Asia Pacfic B777's for long haul and B747'S for trnk and it would be a good idea if Mas Cargo order's B747-8I

Maybe they should convert some of MAS' old 744's to F configuration. Or they can buy those parked MD-11's from Transmile.


Edited by C.Foo, 22 October 2009 - 10:13 AM.


#17 Mohd Idham

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 12:46 PM

Agree with some of you...

1) Lease TH's MD11F
2) Go for 747-8, since there are some local suppliers produce the composite parts. (i.e ACM Kedah & CTRM Melaka).
3) 747-400 BCF.

#18 KK Lee

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 03:08 PM

Mas Kargo won’t be acquiring any MD-11 as fuel burn is uneconomical; a reason Transmile is uncompetitive.

:drinks:

#19 Pieter C.

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 04:01 AM

3) 747-400 BCF.


Martinair just parked a few in 'the desert', so up for grabs... :pardon:

#20 Tamizi Hj Tamby

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 10:19 AM

Martinair just parked a few in 'the desert', so up for grabs... :pardon:


Yup,i agree with you,Uncle Pieter.Perhaps it's time for MASKargo to consider it.




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