|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.