The three aircraft OK-TVC (with winglets), OK-TVD and OK-TVQ will be refurbished into a 2-class configuration and pave the way for MAS to expand further into its main expansion markets of India and China.
From a twice-weekly service to Beijing in the early 1990s - Malaysia Airlines now operates 66 weekly flights to Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Chengdu, Kunming and Xi’an - with many routes currently enjoying load factors of over 85% at peak seasons. (Of course, MAS also operates into Hong Kong too)
MAS Kargo meanwhile has a developing hub in Hangzhou near Shanghai - with its own direct flights from Europe. The new 737NGs will enable the 120mins ETOPS operations and may also be deployed to Taiwan and Hanoi - as part of its scheduling.
MAS plans to begin flights to Shenyang, Chongqing, Guilin and Shenzhen, whilst over in India, having expanded in Kolkata and Ahmedabad so far, MAS is planning to introduce new flights to Amritsar, Cochin, Trivandrum and Trichy.
Could this lease be a sign that MAS may ultimately order the 737NG for its 737-4H6 replacement - or could it just be an interim measure due to the cockpit commonality it currently offers? (*answers on a postcard please *)
(Lets just get our act into gear for Skyteam next!)
HB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4509 posts, RR: 72
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3449 times:
MAS needs this extra capacity for opening up new markets in India and China, where the airline's smallest widebodies (A332/A333) would likely be overkill, at least in the initial stages. Apart from that, I dont think that MH currently has a lot of spare widebody capacity, so the addition of these B738s is a logical step, so as to keep expanding in these booming markets as the skies are further liberalized.
As for this lease in of B738s being indicative of what's about to come with regard to MH's planned replacement of the B734 fleet, didn't the airline also lease in a couple of A320s? Or has that plan been scrapped?
Mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6930 posts, RR: 76
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3435 times:
"What ? I thought they are already leasing 4 A320s ? Don't they tell me they are leasing both A320 and B738 for trial runs to see which aircraft is more suitable for them ?"
At the current headless direction it's going I wont be surprised if this is the way to do it. Their A320/738 face off is going much longer than necessary. Politicians are backing their favourite bids and MH is stuck in the middle...
In the meantime, how is MH going to crew the A320 and 738s? They're running out of crew real fast!
Go MAS! Sort yourself out and be the good airline you are!
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4808 posts, RR: 44
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2771 times:
The A 330 I feel is a bit too big for MAS to deploy on routes such as TRV and COK...these 2 cities are ideal candidates for 3-4 weekly B 738 flights which can be easily flown nonstop from KUL and provide adequate capacity.
ATQ can however handle an A 332/333 on its own as well as a B 738...but in order to effectively compete against SQ from that city...it would be wise to for MAS to send a 3 weekly A 330 service.