Mptpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 539 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 8 months 20 hours ago) and read 2401 times:
As per [url=http://yahoo.reuters.com/news/articlehybrid.aspx?storyID=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20070426:MTFH83942_2007-04-26_01-31-18_KLR87479&type=comktNews&rpc=44), ] Reuters, [/url] MAS issued RFP for 55 single aircraft to Airbus and Boeing, for June response.
Airbus is to propose A320 and A321 whilst Boeing is to propose B737-800 and B737-900. Let the guessing begin.
LurveBus From Philippines, joined Mar 2007, 280 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 16 hours ago) and read 2199 times:
This is an order that's Boeing's to lose. Huge 734 fleet aside, MAS also already has technical experience with leased 738s. If Airbus can get this order, good for them, but as the A320 family is selling like hotcakes, I don't think that Airbus would be willing to offer steep discounts to persuade MH to look their way.
MH1402 From Malaysia, joined Jun 2006, 123 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 2023 times:
MH Managing Director have said that MH will operate with only two fleet of aircraft.
Assuming it is one fleet for wide body and the other for narrow body.. Since currently MH operating with 772 and 744, and MH 777 having tight schedule. So I believe 777 life with MH going to be a long one...
Logically MH should favour 738 or 739 to fit their fleet. Plus MH might get some sort of discount from Boeing when they are going to add more 777 into their fleet..
Econojetter From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 430 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months ago) and read 1830 times:
Quoting MH1402 (Reply 7): MH Managing Director have said that MH will operate with only two fleet of aircraft.
I have seen this quoted in the local media. I guess then he has signaled indirectly, intentionally or not, that he does not see MH operating the A380.
I think the fleet rationalization (down to 2 aircraft families) is for the longer term, and effectively means that the current A330/B777/B747 fleets can be replaced with either the B787 or A350XWB family of aircraft. That would make sense, as the BTP did specify that the carrier should move towards smaller aircraft (with increased seating density).
Back to the topic... I question whether or not the airline needs to start the replacement of its narrowbody fleet at this point or even within the next 3-5 years. The current narrowbody fleet consists of a single type - the B737-400, most of them delivered in the 1990s IIRC; they seem to be operating fairly efficiently. Perhaps PMB has somehow projected a steeper fall-off in B737-400 residual values in the next few years, but committing to large numbers of B737NG or A32X this late in their product lives would be setting the stage for a similar situation 10-15 years down the road.
The need for range has been mentioned rather frequently. If there is an urgent need for longer range narrowbodies on a handful of routes, then a smaller number of airframes specifically to address that need could be considered. In that case, the B737NG would be the more logical choice.