Even as Airbus A380 celebrated 10 years of flying in the skies, Malaysian Airlines is seriously considering on putting its fleet of six Airbus A380s in close pursuit of its policy discouraging a long-haul. Speculations are rife of the fleet being leased or sold out as a part of the restructuring being done to it.
The exercise involving cutting costs is to include getting rid of all six Airbus A380s employed by Malaysian Airlines, two Boeing 747-400Fs, four Airbus A330-200Fs and four Boeing 777-200
A senior airline source said lease licenses are being considered between Malaysian Airlines and Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines seems to be intent on leasing two air crafts from its Malaysian counterpart. Negotiations are still on.
A change in the management of Malaysian Airlines is significant in this context. April 30 is to witness Ex-Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller taking over as Malaysian Airline’s new Managing Director and CEO.
The decline in the popularity of Airbus A380 is quite significant. It is 10 years since it began its journey in April 2005 from the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse.
As many as 13 passenger airlines operating commercial flights for passengers have Airbus A380 in their fleet. At the same time, while A380 initially planned to sell more than 1,500 air crafts when it was launched in 2000, it has managed to sell a meager amount of 317 jets. Sources indicate the company may be considering putting a to the production of aircrafts in the later half of this decade.