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Boeing Waiting For MAS Response On 737 Proposal

Fri Apr 01, 2005 1:36 pm

Interesting to see the long-term relation Boeing has had with Malaysia Airlines. Any guess if either Boeing or Airbus will get the order.....my bet is on Boeing.....given the large percentage of Boeing planes in the fleet.

"KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 (Bernama) -- Boeing Company is still awaiting response from the national carrier, Malaysia Airlines to consider its proposal to replace 39 of the latter ageing Boeing 737-400 aircraft.

The Boeing Company's senior Vice-President, Sales Commercial Airplanes, Dr Dinesh A. Keskar said the company was still negotiating with the airline.

To date, MAS has a fleet of 111 aircraft, of which 81 are Boeing airplanes - (17) 747-400s, eight 747-200Fs, (17) 777-200s, and (39) 737-400s.

Explaining the benefits that the national carrier would benefit if it purchases Boeing's aircraft, Dinesh said since the airline had already used 39 units of 737-400 classic, conversion to the new generation airplane would be easy.

He said there would be a lot of commonality in terms of the engine and training of staff on how to operate the plane."

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RE: Boeing Waiting For MAS Response On 737 Proposal

Fri Apr 01, 2005 1:50 pm

The typical blabla. Other carriers haven't really cared about this argument of "easier" transition, otherwise AK wouldn't have ordered 60+40 A320s with an all 737-300 fleet. Same goes for EasyJet - only that there they even had the 737-300 and -700. So nothing really new here.
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RE: Boeing Waiting For MAS Response On 737 Proposal

Fri Apr 01, 2005 4:29 pm

As are Airbus too...

KUALA LUMPUR (AFX) - Airbus is still awaiting Malaysia Airlines' decision on
the national carrier's plans to replace its 39 Boeing 737 aircraft, Airbus'
regional communications director Anthony Phillips said.
"We have submitted a proposal to replace the Boeing 737 with our family of
A320 aircraft. I cannot comment on the commercial status of this proposal,"
he told reporters at a press conference this morning.
Malaysian Airlines had said earlier that it will make a firm decision within
the next few months on which type of aircraft to buy to replace 39 of its
narrow-bodied aircraft.
Besides Airbus, Boeing is also pitching for the aircraft replacement order.

Looks like both manufacturers final proposals are in...we wait again.....
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