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MH Re-activating 1 Boeing 747-400 To Operate LHR

Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:40 am

Hi All,

Been absent from A.net for a few months and happy to kick off with this fantastic news!

Malaysia Airlines is re-activating at least one Boeing 747-400 to operate flights to LHR while the A380s undergo heavy maintenance. Best part is that it will be in retro colours!

Boeing 747-4H6 (9M-MPP)

Pictures from HKADB FB page:






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http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb429/747-412/1934139_10154104177156495_3707605330931669610_n_zpszpokwipm.jpg

Fantastic news!

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RE: MH Re-activating 1 Boeing 747-400 To Operate LHR

Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:04 am

So is this a one-off retro livery, or the first step in MH distancing itself from the old livery and its associated connections to the past?
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:09 am

Looks nice  

It'll give me an excuse to trek down to LHR once in a while then 

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RE: MH Re-activating 1 Boeing 747-400 To Operate LHR

Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:14 am

Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 1):
So is this a one-off retro livery, or the first step in MH distancing itself from the old livery and its associated connections to the past?

Appears to be a one off due to the A380 fleet scheduled maintenance.

I wish QF applied a retro livery to a B744  

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Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:26 am

Very nice indeed. Mueller did the same during his time in EI.
 
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:41 pm

Not a single 747-8i has touched LHR's ground and yet we get a retro Malaysian 747-400. Not that I'm complaining.
 
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:51 pm

How long has this plane been mothballed? Hard to believe it would be worth the expense of this compared to other options.
 
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:57 pm

They must be getting full use out of their A380 fleet of 6, if this degree of expense is necessary to cover the withdrawal of (presumably one) A380 at a time for planned maintenance.

That is contrary to A-net expectations!

Unless of course they have actually sold some A380s and the re-activation of one (or more) 747 is a more permanent requirement for the KL - LHR route?
 
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:04 pm

Quoting ZeeZoo (Reply 5):
Not a single 747-8i has touched LHR's ground

Is this true? Fascinating if so!
 
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:05 pm

Quoting JerseyFlyer (Reply 7):
and the re-activation of one (or more) 747 is a more permanent requirement for the KL - LHR route?

Yeah, that is what I was kind of implying in terms of justification, although I don't think the A380s are going away. Hard to believe 6 C-checks could take more than 6 months. How long has this plane been out of service?
 
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:08 pm

Quoting ZeeZoo (Reply 5):
Not a single 747-8i has touched LHR's ground and yet we get a retro Malaysian 747-400. Not that I'm complaining.

Well, maybe not the 8i but the business and cargo versions visited LHR.

https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untit...d=0bd68f0943edb8f74adb26e1f9c9c8ca

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Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:11 pm

Interesting, where are they sourcing the crews to fly this 744? Did they still have pilots that were qualified on the fleet type? Maybe they are using MASkargo crews?
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:13 pm

Quoting JerseyFlyer (Reply 7):
They must be getting full use out of their A380 fleet of 6, if this degree of expense is necessary to cover the withdrawal of (presumably one) A380 at a time for planned maintenance.

That is contrary to A-net expectations!

Unless of course they have actually sold some A380s and the re-activation of one (or more) 747 is a more permanent requirement for the KL - LHR route?

My thoughts too.

To activate and re-livery a stored 744 plus put 6 A380's through a C check must cost MH a packet, and all for just one route !
So much for the common held belief here on A-net that the MH 380's are underused. If that was so, then they ought to have a couple of spares at any one time to carry out the C-checks without the need to bring in the 744 again.
It almost seems MH are doing the 380 overhauls all at the same time ! Or at least 3 at a time anyway.
 
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RE: MH Re-activating 1 Boeing 747-400 To Operate LHR

Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:23 pm

This is awesome news, will this operate MH4 by any chance? For the last 5 years I have been regularly seeing MH4 just before it touches down at LHR, it's funny I always see planes in the sky, whether I'm north, east, south or west of LHR, but I only seem to really notice when it is MH4 lol. When I first started seeing this plane it used to be operated by a 747 and now it's operated by the A388, so would be awesome to see a MH 747 operate it again  .

Here's my spotter logs, I even saw MPP in 2012  .
Thu 05 May 2011 15:52:00 MH004 KUL - Kuala Lumpur N/A LHR - London Malaysia Airlines 747-400 Henley 4,600ft 9M-MPN
Thu 29 Sep 2011 15:54:00 MH004 KUL - Kuala Lumpur N/A LHR - London Malaysia Airlines 747-400 Henley 5,000ft 9M-MPM
Thu 24 May 2012 15:34:00 MH004 KUL - Kuala Lumpur N/A LHR - London Malaysia Airlines 747-400 Henley 4,500ft 9M-MPO
Thu 14 Jun 2012 15:37:00 MH004 KUL - Kuala Lumpur N/A LHR - London Malaysia Airlines 747-400 Henley 4,300ft 9M-MPP
Mon 04 Mar 2013 16:41:00 MH004 KUL - Kuala Lumpur N/A LHR - London Malaysia Airlines A380-800 High Wycombe 5,500ft 9M-MND
Thu 21 Nov 2013 15:37:00 MH004 KUL - Kuala Lumpur N/A LHR - London Malaysia Airlines A380-800 York Road, Uxbridge 8,000ft 9M-MNB
Wed 16 Apr 2014 17:05:00 MH004 KUL - Kuala Lumpur N/A LHR - London Malaysia Airlines A380-800 High Wycombe 6,100ft 9M-MNC
Fri 01 May 2015 16:59:00 MH004 KUL - Kuala Lumpur N/A LHR - London Malaysia Airlines A380-800 A1 (M) at M25 J23 9,000ft 9M-MNA
Thu 25 Jun 2015 16:11:00 MH004 KUL - Kuala Lumpur N/A LHR - London Malaysia Airlines A380-800 GSK House, CS4 Desk 1,925ft 9M-MNB
Wed 16 Mar 2016 16:05:00 MH004 KUL - Kuala Lumpur N/A LHR - London Malaysia Airlines A380-800 B483 Northbound, Uxbridge 7,000ft 9M-MNB

[Edited 2016-03-20 10:24:35]
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RE: MH Re-activating 1 Boeing 747-400 To Operate LHR

Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:31 pm

Strange
If 4 A380s are needed for the LHR route, what are the other MH A380s used for?

Great to see this retro liveried 744, but what will the interior be like when compared to the A380s? The last MH 744 I was on was pretty tired inside
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:58 pm

A 747-400 replacing the A380... Oh the Irony...      
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:42 pm

Quoting flightsimer (Reply 15):

A 747-400 replacing the A380... Oh the Irony...      

Not sure if I'm missing the irony, but I can't see any! It is not replacing the A380, simply covering for them whilst they're in maintenance. It's the nearest thing to a similar level of capacity.
 
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RE: MH Re-activating 1 Boeing 747-400 To Operate LHR

Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:04 pm

So it's yet another livery for MH...
 
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:23 pm

Surely it would have been significantly cheaper to keep one or two 777s that were retired just last month around for a bit longer than to re-introduce a 747? I get that it would be a capacity reduction, but in the scheme of things it would surely have saved them gazillions of dollars.
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:29 pm

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 18):
Surely it would have been significantly cheaper to keep one or two 777s that were retired just last month around for a bit longer than to re-introduce a 747? I get that it would be a capacity reduction, but in the scheme of things it would surely have saved them gazillions of dollars.

Do we even know what they are doing? Is it a full D Check or just a lets get this thing running type check
 
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:31 pm

Quoting kdhurst380 (Reply 16):
Not sure if I'm missing the irony, but I can't see any!

'MH sells A380, exits LHR and launches MKZ-BHX, LMN-MAN and BKI-EDI with Boeing 787's' would be my take on irony.
 
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RE: MH Re-activating 1 Boeing 747-400 To Operate LHR

Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:37 pm

Wasn't 9M-MMP active during the loss of MH370 & MH17?

Quoting Vasu (Reply 17):
So it's yet another livery for MH...

& you are complaining?!? This is a retro not just "another" livery for MH...

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Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:44 pm

What will the onboard product be?
 
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:39 pm

Quoting EK413 (Reply 21):

Oh no, not complaining at all! It's just that it's been mentioned on A.net before that MH is having a bit of an identity crisis due to the number of different liveries.
 
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Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:15 pm

Quoting Vasu (Reply 23):
complaining at all! It's just that it's been mentioned on A.net before that MH is having a bit of an identity crisis due to the number of different liveries.

Totally agree with you. From an identity perspective MH have really missed the mark with 3 liveries. They really missed the mark with the A380 livery!

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Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:18 am

Quoting enilria (Reply 6):
How long has this plane been mothballed? Hard to believe it would be worth the expense of this compared to other options.

I don't think it was mothballed for too long - its last flight was in 2014 ferrying the MH17 investigation team to Ukraine.

Quoting DolphinAir747 (Reply 22):

What will the onboard product be?

It's rumoured that the interior will be refitted with the new J cabin, with the old Y cabin. From an IFE standpoint the Y cabin certainly sucks, but from a comfort standpoint, the 34-in legroom & extra padding is a godsend.

Quoting EK413 (Reply 24):
Totally agree with you. From an identity perspective MH have really missed the mark with 3 liveries. They really missed the mark with the A380 livery!

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Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:51 am

stat of the week for me. wow!

Quoting ZeeZoo (Reply 5):
Not a single 747-8i has touched LHR's ground
 
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Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:56 am

Quoting TheFlyingDisk (Reply 25):
Quoting enilria (Reply 6):
How long has this plane been mothballed? Hard to believe it would be worth the expense of this compared to other options.

I don't think it was mothballed for too long - its last flight was in 2014 ferrying the MH17 investigation team to Ukraine.

That's pretty long.
 
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Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:58 am

Quoting ZeeZoo (Reply 5):
Not a single 747-8i has touched LHR's ground

Sorry for going OT, but that's not quite correct ( if you include the BBJ version) .


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Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:57 am

Quoting flightsimer (Reply 15):

The last A380 crew will be picked up by a 747?   
 
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Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:56 am

As previously mentioned, I'm curious to see how the cabin will look. Maybe a "refreshed" version of the refitted MH B744 cabin? With only one A/C I'm not getting my hopes up.

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Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:50 am

MH A380's also operate charters, one went to JED just this past weekend, was an MH60xx flight number.
 
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Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:31 am

That 747 will look stunning in the retro livery, what a shame we wont see it down here.
 
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Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:23 am

There has to be another motive for MH to go to the expense of reactivating and repainting -MPP.

It's smart marketing and great publicity but will it actually undertake any flights or just spend its time languishing around KLIA like a large portion of the MH widebodied fleet has done over recent years.

The A333 fleet is the only fleet that seems to achieve some decent utilisation.
 
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Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:49 pm

It's unusual as retro jets go really when we think about it, as MAS 747s did carry this colour scheme (like the Lufthansa 747 and BA 757), unlike a lot of the Retrojets we see. Ok the version might not of but who cares.

It will be very nice to see the MAS colour scheme back again at LHR.
 
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Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:00 pm

MH needs cash, a lot of cash. Cash flow is more important than profits. So they need the capacity on these cash cow routes. Same for Thai Airways : when you think of downsizing because you're struggling you think of removing the biggest aircraft first until you look at the books and realize how much cash they generate...
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Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:49 pm

If MH is going to spend time and money repainting MPP to retro I doubt it will be sitting around KUL just to look pretty like the last time it was reactivated. One can reasonably bet that it will be inserted into some rotation. It's marketing!
 
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Mon Mar 21, 2016 3:20 pm

But is it not a bit risky that MH only re-activates a single 744? What that aircraft goes tech and is stucked at LHR for a few days for example?

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Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:51 pm

Expect a certain well known Icelandic ACMI Airline to fly B744 in the future for MH...
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Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:54 pm

Quoting HawaiianBird (Reply 37):
But is it not a bit risky that MH only re-activates a single 744? What that aircraft goes tech and is stucked at LHR for a few days for example?

Sure there is a bit of a risk, however if the aircraft is maintained well I don't see a problem. Air Namibia flew the Windhoek-Frankfurt-Windhoek route for quite a few years with a single 747-400. It can work.

Anyhow, nice to see a 747-400 getting reactivated in a retro-livery!

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Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:21 pm

Quoting ZeeZoo (Reply 5):
Not a single 747-8i has touched LHR's ground and yet we get a retro Malaysian 747-400
Quoting 321neo (Reply 8):
Is this true? Fascinating if so!
Quoting rnav2dlrey (Reply 26):
stat of the week for me. wow!

Not sure why that seems to be all that surprising/fascinating/etc....

....there's only 3 airlines who operate it, and one is right next door (so it's not coming) while the others weren't even flying their available 744s into LHR and haven't for years (so not likely for them either).
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Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:56 pm

Quoting qcpilotxf (Reply 29):
The last A380 crew will be picked up by a 747?   

I almost included that in my post as well lol!

Quoting kdhurst380 (Reply 16):

Obviously the stiring the pot and ducking smilies were not enough of a clue to show I was not being completely serious...

The irony is the fact that the A380 has always been touted as a "747 replacement" yet, even though it's temporary, the opposite is true in this case. Just like the joke of (insert aircraft model)'s crew being flown home on a DC-9 from the boneyard.
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Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:25 pm

While i like the prospect of the B744 in MH retro livery by all accounts this is exactly the same situation as when the A380's went in for the wing rib modifications. The 747 was subbed in for the A380 when longer down time for maintenance was planned or when it went AOG. But the 747 also showed it's age and was hampered by technical problems of it's own. Coupled with crewing issues it was not a peachy operation.

Quoting TheFlyingDisk (Reply 25):
I don't think it was mothballed for too long - its last flight was in 2014 ferrying the MH17 investigation team to Ukraine.

Correct & it was very tired looking. Externally it was in dire need of a paintjob & the cabin looked it's age with the old seats & IFE system. Sure brought back some memories for me but there's no denying it's a dated hard product. There were also a number of maintenance items which had to be taken care of before she could depart AMS again.


Quoting TheFlyingDisk (Reply 25):
It's rumoured that the interior will be refitted with the new J cabin, with the old Y cabin. From an IFE standpoint the Y cabin certainly sucks, but from a comfort standpoint, the 34-in legroom & extra padding is a godsend.

The same rumours floated around at the time of the first reactivation but never materialized, more wishful thinking at the time. Right now maintenance is fully focused on refitting the A333 fleet & my sources have not yet seen anything to suggest that J will be refitted. It looks like another repeat where customers expecting the A380 were left with the B747 and a rather worn cabin. There's still some time left but i won't be surprised if a refit again doesn't happen.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 18):
Surely it would have been significantly cheaper to keep one or two 777s that were retired just last month around for a bit longer than to re-introduce a 747? I get that it would be a capacity reduction, but in the scheme of things it would surely have saved them gazillions of dollars.

B777 pilots were already given their notices quite some time ago & since they have been let go many have already moved on. In hindsight perhaps it might have been better to keep active the owned B777s but on the other hand the entire support network for 1 aircraft type in the fleet is now being eliminated. Support for the B747 is still on hand as the B744F's for MAB Kargo have remained active all the while.

Quoting qcpilotxf (Reply 29):
The last A380 crew will be picked up by a 747?

This gave me a few chuckles  All hail the B747      
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RE: MH Re-activating 1 Boeing 747-400 To Operate LHR

Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:04 am

This is really strange, at least for someone like me who hasn't any inside knowledge. MH tried to sell two A380's and now they have to reactivate a 744 due to maintenance works on their A380's? Could it be that they got a better price for the maintenance works if they commit themselves to do them all at once (kind of)? This might justify to reactivate another aircraft but this is pure speculation.

Does anybody know more, maybe someone with a Malaysian flag in his profile?
 
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Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:07 am

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 43):
This is really strange, at least for someone like me who hasn't any inside knowledge. MH tried to sell two A380's and now they have to reactivate a 744 due to maintenance works on their A380's? Could it be that they got a better price for the maintenance works if they commit themselves to do them all at once (kind of)? This might justify to reactivate another aircraft but this is pure speculation.

Does anybody know more, maybe someone with a Malaysian flag in his profile?

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Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:13 am

Quoting L1011Lover (Reply 39):
Quoting HawaiianBird (Reply 37):
But is it not a bit risky that MH only re-activates a single 744? What that aircraft goes tech and is stucked at LHR for a few days for example?

Sure there is a bit of a risk, however if the aircraft is maintained well I don't see a problem. Air Namibia flew the Windhoek-Frankfurt-Windhoek route for quite a few years with a single 747-400. It can work.

Braniff operated Dallas-Honolulu-Dallas daily with their single 747-100 for several years. At one point it was the world's highest-time 747. When maintenance was necessary they substituted a DC-8 or 707.
 
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Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:39 am

Looks great!

Very similar to the MH 737-800 9M-MXA that has the 40 years of Malaysian Hospitality livery.

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Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:56 am

Quoting 9MMPQ (Reply 42):
The same rumours floated around at the time of the first reactivation but never materialized, more wishful thinking at the time. Right now maintenance is fully focused on refitting the A333 fleet & my sources have not yet seen anything to suggest that J will be refitted. It looks like another repeat where customers expecting the A380 were left with the B747 and a rather worn cabin. There's still some time left but i won't be surprised if a refit again doesn't happen.

Could be. Maybe the people I spoke to were confused between the A330 refit & the 744 reactivation.

However given that MH now have spare 777s lying around I'm sure they'd be able to get the seats on the 777 into the 744 to make the jumbo "less worn". IIRC they do share the same seats, the only difference being that there's F on the 747.
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RE: MH Re-activating 1 Boeing 747-400 To Operate LHR

Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:33 am

The B777 does share the same seats as the B747 but there would be little difference between them so from a passenger experience point of view i don't think there really is anything to gain. I wouldn't put money into essentialy getting the same product installed.

Quoting N14AZ (Reply 43):
This is really strange, at least for someone like me who hasn't any inside knowledge. MH tried to sell two A380's and now they have to reactivate a 744 due to maintenance works on their A380's? Could it be that they got a better price for the maintenance works if they commit themselves to do them all at once (kind of)? This might justify to reactivate another aircraft but this is pure speculation.

Does anybody know more, maybe someone with a Malaysian flag in his profile?

Right now 4 A380's are used on LHR operations with a 5th frame doing charter work. The 6th frame is rotated through these operations & is said to be used as a parts donor during the down times. Consider an AOG or unexpected extended maintenance in between & things can get uncomfortable. Same as the last reactivation time it's expected that this will be when the B744 is put to work.
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RE: MH Re-activating 1 Boeing 747-400 To Operate LHR

Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:21 am

Wonder if they will put the A380 and/or B747-400 on flights to SYD, CDG etc

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