Malaysia Airlines will be phasing out the biggest member of their fleet: The Airbus A380. The Malaysian carrier ordered 6 units of the super jumbos in 2003 and after years of delay took delivery of their first A380 in June 2012. With Malaysia Airlines shrinking their activities the Airbus A380 has shown a size too big and lacking overall operational efficiency for Malaysia Airlines.
Airbus A380 to be phased out in 2018
The carrier already offered 2 out of their 6 Airbus A380s for sale or lease. Two of the remaining jumbos would be used on the London – Kuala Lumpur route, while the other two would be used for charter flights to Jeddah. Malaysia Airlines has always said to be reviewing the A380s prospects in the fleet after 2018. The carrier has now decided to phase out Airbus’ prestige aircraft by June 2018. Malaysia Airlines becomes the first to retire their A380 fleet, just four years after taking delivery.
A350 for A380
The Airbus A350 will be used as replacement for the Airbus A380 and will be used as a one-to-one replacement.