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MH's B 747-400 Fleet Retirement Confirmed?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9115 posts, RR: 15
Posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9950 times:

Heard that Malaysia Airlines plans to retire its entire B 747-400 fleet. Is this confirmed? If yes when will the last flight be?

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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24347 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9939 times:

Yes.

There are no 744s on the schedule after December 1st per MH timetable.

Malaysian To Park 747 Fleet (by LAXintl Jul 22 2012 in Civil Aviation)

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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9115 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9876 times:

Doubt they will be back in service again I suppose?

Already gone? Geeeez.

So they have ordered 6 A380s altogether. Will they order more? I think they need up to 8-10 to fully replace the B 747-400 fleet.


User currently offlineHB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4480 posts, RR: 72
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9759 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
There are no 744s on the schedule after December 1st per MH timetable.


Incorrect. MH keeps operating a single daily B744 rotation as MH123/122 KUL SYD KUL through February 2013. Last service currently planned as MH122 SYD KUL on March 01. Four frames have all been fairly recently deployed on this sole remaining route: 9M-MPK/L/M/P.


User currently offlinepsimpson From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9543 times:

I don't have the informational on hand, but i read from a source that Malaysian Airlines have just recently ordered 6 A380-800s which brings its total A380 order to 12 aircrafts with 4 already delivered.

User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4695 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9503 times:

Quoting psimpson (Reply 4):

That is an error... The correct information is MH have secured finance for the purchase of the 6 x A380's already on order...

As for the B744 replacement the B772's are stepping into the role while the A380's are deployed on the European routes...

EK413



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User currently offlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8094 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 9195 times:
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Loved the 747 painted in RED. I will miss the Red Lobster, my name for it.

User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10367 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 9160 times:

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 6):

Loved the 747 painted in RED. I will miss the Red Lobster, my name for it.

That were two fantastic planes indeed. But Lobster? That was a Hibiscus flower if I remember right.

Quoting EK413 (Reply 5):
As for the B744 replacement the B772's are stepping into the role while the A380's are deployed on the European routes...

With the announcement of the phasing out of the 744s MH also announced that the 777s will be retired soon. Was it 2015?


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24347 posts, RR: 47
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8945 times:

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 3):
Incorrect. MH keeps operating a single daily B744 rotation as MH123/122 KUL SYD KUL through February 2013.

GDS shows EQV, not a 744 specifically, so yes it would be correct to say that no 744 are shown on the scheduled.

But ultimately, does not matter much as the type is as good as dead at MH.



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User currently offlineHB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4480 posts, RR: 72
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8925 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 8):
GDS shows EQV, not a 744 specifically, so yes it would be correct to say that no 744 are shown on the scheduled.

GDS shows daily B744 throug 28FEB from KUL and 01MAR from SYD, after which the flight reverts to B772. The flight is also scheduled to operate daily with B744 until this date. I don't know how you define a scheduled flight, but I believe this means a B744 is scheduled for this rotation every single day until 28FEB/01MAR.


User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2004 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8902 times:

Quoting EK413 (Reply 5):
Quoting psimpson (Reply 4):


That is an error... The correct information is MH have secured finance for the purchase of the 6 x A380's already on order...

As for the B744 replacement the B772's are stepping into the role while the A380's are deployed on the European routes...

EK413

Well 4 of the A380s are on the double daily LHR route, will be other 2 be used on the CDG route or AMS?



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24347 posts, RR: 47
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8841 times:



Quoting na (Reply 7):
MH also announced that the 777s will be retired soon. Was it 2015?

CEO in mid-2012 said "gone in 3 years"

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 9):
GDS shows daily B744 throug 28FEB from KUL and 01MAR from SYD, after which the flight reverts to B772. The flight is also scheduled to operate daily with B744 until this date. I don't know how you define a scheduled flight, but I believe this means a B744 is scheduled for this rotation every single day until 28FEB/01MAR.

We must be looking at different things -- shows EQV on mine.

Additionally the MH online timetable effective December 1st also shows EQV.

http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/cont...h_timetable_december_march2013.pdf

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[Edited 2012-12-06 08:30:38]


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User currently offlineHB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4480 posts, RR: 72
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8792 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 11):
Additionally the MH online timetable effective December 1st also shows EQV.

Obviously the flight would show EQV in a timetable through the end of March since it reverts to B772 on March 01. Until that time it operates with B744 daily.


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24347 posts, RR: 47
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8729 times:

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 12):
Obviously the flight would show EQV in a timetable through the end of March since it reverts to B772 on March 01. Until that time it operates with B744 daily.

If you look carefully at the linked schedule, any mid period equipment changes are well noted by MH.
For example MH141 KUL-SYD switches from 772 to 333 on March 6/7 and is reflected as such.

But the MH121 is shown as EQV for the entire schedule timeframe and does not reflect at any intended 744 use or swaps from 744 to 772 later in March if that was the intention.



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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9115 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8714 times:

Will they order more A380s? Or go for the B 747-8?

User currently offlinepsimpson From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8358 times:

Quoting EK413 (Reply 5):

Having just checked my info, you are correct in that Malaysian have just secured the financing of the 6 A380s which they ordered on the 11 December 2003.
The next A380 for Malaysian MSN94 9M-MNE is due for delivery this month December, with the 6th and final A380 from the current order MSN114 9M-MNF due for delivery during February 2013.


User currently offlinexdlx From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 612 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7959 times:

Richard Anderson at DL must be interested...

User currently offlineHB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4480 posts, RR: 72
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6052 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 13):
If you look carefully at the linked schedule

And if you look carefully at any day to day availability of this flight between now and February 28, then you will see that the flight is loaded as B744 until then every single day, and that also the corresponding seat map is loaded as 744 every single day. I honestly don't see how you can argue that

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
There are no 744s on the schedule after December 1st per MH timetable

as the aircraft is clearly still in scheduled operation at MH, operating scheduled flights every single day since the beginning ot eh NW time table came into effect and every single day until March 01, 2013.


User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2866 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5888 times:

Quoting xdlx (Reply 16):

Richard Anderson at DL must be interested...

Probably not. Mx recordkeeping seems to be... spotty.



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User currently offlinehenkita217 From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5855 times:
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FYI,
9M-MPM (B744) operated today's MAS123 KUL-SYD route.


User currently offlineaerohottie From Australia, joined Mar 2004, 792 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5734 times:

Quoting Spacepope (Reply 18):
Quoting xdlx (Reply 16):

Richard Anderson at DL must be interested...

Probably not. Mx recordkeeping seems to be... spotty.

Do you have a source for such an allegation?
I would imagine CASA would be very interested if aircraft with "spotty" mx operated services into SYD.



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User currently offlinedfambro From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5573 times:

Quoting na (Reply 7):
Loved the 747 painted in RED. I will miss the Red Lobster, my name for it.

That were two fantastic planes indeed. But Lobster? That was a Hibiscus flower if I remember right.

I always thought it was a tropical fish.


User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2866 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5384 times:

Quoting aerohottie (Reply 20):
Do you have a source for such an allegation?
I would imagine CASA would be very interested if aircraft with "spotty" mx operated services into SYD.

From other sources just this week:

"walked away from a purchase of 2x MAS B734 aircraft earlier this year; MAS couldn’t provide all the required technical history. One of those aircraft is now being scrapped in UK."

and

"QANTAS ended up having to retire an ex-MH 744 quite early after they discovered that the aircraft in fact had hidden (and serious) damage from some work done at MH years earlier."

Allegations seem to continue to be made.



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User currently offlineASMD11 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5197 times:

Quoting xdlx (Reply 16):
Richard Anderson at DL must be interested...
Quoting Spacepope (Reply 18):
Probably not. Mx recordkeeping seems to be... spotty.
Quoting aerohottie (Reply 20):
Do you have a source for such an allegation?

I think he may have been jokingly alluding to DL's penchant for acquiring used aircraft of types they already have in the fleet, not making a serious statement.


User currently offlinemodesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2770 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5064 times:

I see it loaded on KULSYD through Feb13. It'll be sad to see them in the desert...

25 EK413 : I can't remember where I read up on it but I believe the A380s will be deployed on key European routes LHR and we can assume CDG being the second cit
26 Post contains links EK413 : Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Thai Airways are planning to increase capacity on European routes as they take delivery of the remaining A380s from their
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