Malaysia Airlines has announced it’s preparing to add 12 new aircraft in 2024 as part of its continued fleet modernisation efforts.
The Airbus A330neo Addition
Underscoring a commitment to new aircraft, an MoU for the Airbus A330neo will be fulfilled in Q3 of 2024 with the arrival of the first Airbus A330-900 (a330neo).
These Airbus A330neos will be gradually delivered throughout the remainder of the year. The company expects four units from the A330neo family to arrive in 2024.
Deliveries for the A330neo are expected to continue through 2028, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understandings, including the acquisition of up to 20 of the type.
These were split, with 10 being directly purchased from Airbus with a back-to-back sale and leaseback agreement with Avolon. Malaysia Airlines says the final 10 units have been leased directly from Avolon.
Airbus A330neo Benefits
Once delivered, the A330neo should provide fantastic operational efficiency while addressing environmental impact concerns. The A330neo will offer up to a 25% reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.
Additionally, Malaysia Airlines says it’s excited to become the flagship carrier in the world for Elevation seats, with 297 seats spread across 28 in business class and 269 in economy class. However, the airline notes that 24 economy-class seats will have additional legroom.
Collins Aerospace has designed its Business class as part of the Elevation design and will be configured in a 1-2-1 layout once installed on the aircraft. These business class seats will also feature individual privacy doors; this increases passenger comfort and is being rolled out at more airlines.
The Boeing 737 MAX
While the Airbus A330neo steals the show as Malaysia Airlines’ new addition in 2024, the bulk of the new deliveries for the calendar year are expected to be for the 737-8, part of Boeing’s MAX series.
Malaysia Airlines says it is forecasting eight units to join the fleet, while a narrowbody these new additions will also highlight the commitment of the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) to modernise its fleet.
The Boeing 737-8 won’t be a new addition to the fleet, such as the A330neo; fleet data indicates the carrier already has 3 Boeing 737-8s to its name, averaging an age of 0.4 years. 2 of these units are active, with one being listed as parked.
Comments From Executives
We are excited to induct the first of 20 Airbus A330neo’s in Q3 of this year, which will gradually replace our A330ceo fleet and operate to our network across Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East. This expansion is not just about increasing our inventory in numbers but also introducing the first-of-its-kind cabin class, new seats and experiences that prioritises customer safety, comfort and overall satisfaction. We will continue to channel our investments into endeavours that strategically align with the key pillars driving our customer value proposition, namely cabin comfort, in-flight dining, and service delivery of our esteemed cabin crew. We aspire to curate an overall passenger experience that not only meets premium standards but exceeds them, underpinned by our inimitable Malaysian Hospitality.Datuk Captain Izham Ismail, Group Managing Director of MAG
Work To Be Done To The Airbus A350
Malaysia Airlines has also announced plans to retrofit six Airbus A350-900s from 2026. This cabin modernisation aligns with the airline’s plans to ensure consistent cabin standardisation.
While this will be felt across all classes, the primary focus will be on the premium experiences. With the new A330neo arriving with updated seating, Malaysia wants to ensure other guests can enjoy that experience.