Malaysia Airlines orders 17 A330s

Order covers passenger aircraft plus new freighter model.
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Malaysia Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus for 17 A330 widebody aircraft.

The contract firms up a previously announced Memorandum of Understanding for 15 A330-300 passenger aircraft, plus an additional order for two A330-200F Freighters for operation by the carrier's subsidiary MASkargo.

Deliveries of the passenger aircraft will begin in the first half of 2011, with the first freighter joining the MASkargo fleet later the same year.

"The A330s complement the other aircraft orders under our fleet modernisation plan," stated Malaysia Airlines CEO Azmil Zahruddin. "The ability to add capacity will enable us to offer more frequencies to key destinations and fly to new destinations. This strategy complements our continuous investment in people, systems as well as infrastructure, and positions us in high gear for growth."

Malaysia Airlines is a long-standing customer of Airbus and currently operates 14 A330s, comprising 11 A330-300s and three long range A330-200s. In addition to the latest A330 order, the carrier also has six A380s on firm order for future operation on its busiest long haul routes.

"The latest order from Malaysia Airlines underscores the position of the A330 Family as the most efficient and versatile product line in its class," said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers. "In addition to the proven reliability and low operating costs of the passenger aircraft, the MAS group will also be one of the first airlines to benefit from the new levels of efficiency coming to the freight market with the A330-200F."

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