Malaysia Airlines accepts first A350
Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) on Thursday took delivery of its first A350-900, leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC), becoming the 17th airline to operate the XWB. Read More » MAB will receive six A350s, all on lease from ALC. The oneworld member will initially deploy the aircraft on domestic and regional flights. From the first quarter of 2018, it will roster the A350 on the Kuala Lumpur-London route.
MAB is the first airline to offer a first class cabin on the A350. The aircraft is configured with 286 seats: four in first class, 35 in business and 247 in economy.
MAB group CEO, Captain Izham Ismail, said: “We are very excited to welcome this new addition to our family. With its technological advancements the A350-900 is an important milestone for us on this journey, helping boost our competitiveness on our long haul flights. The addition of the A350-900 also underlines our commitment to operate a young and modern fleet.”
“Our first A350-900 represents a milestone for ALC and for Malaysia Airlines. We are very confident that the A350-900 will deliver outstanding performance, efficiency and economics for our airline customers,” said John Plueger, CEO and president of ALC. ALC has ordered 29 A350 Family aircraft.
MAB already operates 24 Airbus aircraft: six A380s, 15 A330-300s and three A330-200Fs. It also operates more than 50 B737-800s and has 25 B737MAXs and eight B787-9s on order from Boeing.