Malaysia Airlines Berhad, the flag carrier of Malaysia and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, has recently announced that they will be adding two additional new Airbus A350-900s with Air Lease Corporation (ALC). These new aircrafts are anticipated to be delivered in 2018. The company recently said that they have opted for the lease option with a 12 year lease agreement for both of the new airplanes.
“The transaction is pursuant to the option provided under the existing Lease Agreement for the four (4) A350-900s signed by both parties in September last year,”
Malaysia Airlines reported.
The A350 aircraft, which will be supported by two Rolls Royce Trent XWB-84 engines, will be delivered in 2018 and are from Air Lease Corporation’s order book. Christoph Mueller, the Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines, has reported that the two additional Airbus A350-900s will be used alongside their existing four aircrafts that are on order so that the airlines may reach a critical fleet size. This will allow for standby aircrafts to have scheduled maintenance while also allowing for future network expansion.
“Technological and innovative advancements make flying this aircraft a real pleasure and it will bring a whole new experience to our offerings, with the aircraft able to operate non-stop from Kuala Lumpur to London and throughout Asia,”
said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, the Chief Executive Officer and chairman for Air Lease Corporation. Udvar-Házy added that in addition to the four A350-900s that were placed by Air Lease Corporation last year,
“we are confident that these two additional A350-900 aircraft will further maximize Malaysia Airlines’ business operations as well as global growth.”