Malaysia Airlines to order 20 A330neo-sources aircraft | Photo credits: Shutterstock
PARIS/SYDNEY, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Malaysia Airlines will announce on Monday an agreement to acquire 20 Airbus A330neo jets, industry sources said on Wednesday.
As part of the replacement of 15 A330-300 and six A330-200 aircraft, the Malaysian airline will obtain around half of the A330neos through leasing while the rest will be purchased directly from Airbus, said two of these sources, who requested anonymity.
Malaysia Airlines and Airbus declined to comment on this information.
Malaysia Airlines’ chief executive said in June that he planned to announce his decision on replacing the A330s with more fuel-efficient new-generation aircraft between mid- and late July.
The company has A330s and A350s in its fleet. It had placed a tentative order for the Boeing 787 in 2017, but the deadline expired without the order materializing. (Tim Hepher and Jamie Freed report; French version Valentine Baldassari, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)