Airbus has strenghtened its share in the future Malaysia Airlines fleet, after the airline announced it will be leasing 4 Airbus A350-900 aircraft from Air Lease Corporation and has an option to lease 2 Airbus A350-900s and Airbus A330-900neo. The lease almost certainly rules out the addition of any Boeing widebody to the fleet in the coming years.
The airline that currently is being restructured aims to return to profitability in 2017. Malaysia Airlines will start taking delivery of its Airbus A350s in the same year. The lease contract is bad news for Boeing as the jet maker sees its 777s being sold. Next to the Boeing 777s airframes being on sale, the airline also offers its A380 airframes for sale or lease.
The backbone of Malaysia’s fleet will soon consist of the Boeing 737-800 for short haul flights, while the Airbus A330 will be used for the medium-haul flights. On the long haul flights the Airbus A350 will take place next to the Boeing 777-200ER.