The new fleet would replace the current (but not the newly ordered) A330s and the 777s, so that's around 30 aircraft.
I guess the major question here is, how much of an impact will politics have. I could see the A350 winning big here and with the A330 covering the regional routes (up to 7h), what place is there for the 787. True, the 789 and 787-10 could win here, but something tells me that MH would be very interested in the A350-1000, which - along with the A380, would also replace the 744s. No doubt Airbus would offer a very attractive package, by which the airline could ultimately add more A350s to replace the A330s in due course. There will be those who say "don't put all your eggs in one basket", but on the other hand, having three Airbus widebody types would give MH great flexibility in moving from one type to another, as demand requires; it would not have the same flexibility in a mixed fleet.
Boeing will obviously make a very attractive offer for the 787 and there's no doubt that the 787-9/10 would work very well for MH, but somehow I think this one is Airbus's to lose (and we've done that pun many times over, so I'll just leave it there!)
9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2102 posts, RR: 19 Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1808 times:
The last report from MH indicated that they only planning to consider another round of aircraft purchasing post 2015, after 60 aircrafts from the current/previous orders are delivered, which includes 35 B738s, 15 A333s, 6 A380s and 4 A332Fs. Within the current fleet, only the 17 B772ERs have yet to have a renewal plan.
- Airbus could offer an attractive package which also relates to the delay in delivery of MH's 6 A380s.
- MH is currently operating 3 A332s, 9 A333s (of the old mid 1990s version) and soon 15 A333s (of the newest version).
- D7 have 10 A350-900s on firm orders. MH always go against D7/AirAsia.
- Maintenance related issues which should be convenient to MH.
- MH has the history of being a loyalist (e.g. B731s replaced by B732s replaced by B734s replaced by B738s) so the 17 B772s are likely to be replaced by the B787s.
- MH's current routes operated by the B772s often described as too big in capacity hence the inability for MH to offer daily frequency to those routes (e.g. LAX, FRA, FCO, AKL, ADL, now defuncted ZRH, VIE, ARN, EWR) so a smaller but long ranger B787s fit MH's demand nicely.
Both A350 and B787
- SQ ordered 20 of both types. MH has the tendency to match SQ's orders (e.g. the 6 A380s and the new 15 A333s).
- In the current fleet, MH operated both A332/3 and B772. So MH may operate both A350 and B787 as well.
But personally, I am putting my bet on a single type of order and it is going to be the B787s, though I don't think MH will make the order anytime soon.