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Malaysia Airlines’ first A330neo is on track for delivery in the third quarter of 2024

By Vaseline May30,2024
Malaysia Airlines’ first A330neo is on track for delivery in the third quarter of 2024

Malaysia Airlines will soon welcome the Airbus A330-900 (A330neo) to its fleet as the first aircraft is on track for delivery in the third quarter of 2024. The airline’s first A330neo is currently in the final assembly process on Airbus’ final assembly line in Toulouse, France.

As announced in August 2022, Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) is purchasing a total of twenty new A330neos as part of its fleet modernization. A total of three A330neos are expected to be delivered this year, gradually replacing the Group’s existing A330 fleet. The remaining aircraft will be delivered in phases until 2026.

The first aircraft already has a painted tail attached, featuring the national carrier’s iconic Wau design. After the completion of the main fuselage sections, such as the wings and tails, the next phase includes the installation of the cockpit, engines, landing gear, electrical wiring, avionics, fuel and hydraulic systems.

The aircraft will then undergo a series of ground checks before the cabin interior is installed. This will be followed by the preparation for the first flight and the delivery process to fly the A330neo to its home in Malaysia.

Interestingly, the A330neo features several Made in Malaysia components, including electronic instrumentation such as displays and communications equipment, metal structural parts and engine cowling assemblies.

Malaysia Airlines’ A330-900 will feature an entirely new cabin layout based on Airbus’ Airspace design. The new aircraft can accommodate a total of 297 passengers, of which 28 in Business and 269 in Economy Class (including 24 seats with extra legroom).

The Business Class cabin will utilize Collins Aerospace Elevation Business Class seats with individual privacy doors and wireless charging pods for all passengers.

Meanwhile, the Economy Class cabin is equipped with Recaro CL3810 seats with an ergonomic design and improved support, coupled with coat hooks, cup holder and ample storage space for added cabin comfort and functionality. The CL3810 seats are said to be 15% lighter than their predecessor, contributing to significant fuel savings while optimizing cabin performance.

The first A330neo flight for Malaysia Airlines is scheduled for Melbourne and the date will be announced later. Malaysia Airlines will gradually deploy the A330neo to operate on its existing network in Asia, Oceania and the Middle East.

The A330neo with its upgraded Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and new aerodynamic wing design will improve MAG’s operating efficiency while reducing fuel consumption and emissions by up to 25%. Airbus added that the A330neo is also the first aircraft family to be certified by EASA to ICAO’s new CO2 standards before the 2028 deadline. The A330-900 can fly non-stop up to 7,200 nm or 13,334 km and can already operate on up to 50% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Commenting on the progress, Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) Managing Director Datuk Captain Izham Ismail said: “We look forward to welcoming the first A330neo to our fleet, marking an important milestone in our modernization strategy. This addition not only strengthens our core product offering, but also increases our opportunities for future growth, in line with our goal to grow our widebody fleet to 50 aircraft by 2033.

He added: “By setting new standards in cabin comfort and customer experience, we reaffirm our position as a premium carrier and our unwavering commitment to continuous improvement, innovation and customer focus; all deeply rooted in our Malaysian hospitality. This strategic focus is imperative as we embark on our journey to position Malaysia Airlines among the top 10 global airlines and the top 5 in Asia Pacific by 2030.”

MAG currently has a fleet of 104 aircraft from Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, MASwings and MASKargo. For its widebody fleet, it currently operates 7x A350-900, 6x A330-200 and 15x A330-300.

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