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Malaysia Airlines has 5 type of aircraft in its fleet. They are Airbus A330-200 and -300, Boeing 737-400, Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 777-200ER. Its freighter (MASkargo aircraft are Airbus A300-600, Boeing 747-200F and Boeing 747-400F while its subsidiaries (Firefly and MASwings) are ATR 72-500, de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter and Fokker 50. Malaysia Airlines is now ordering Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 737-800 which replaces Boeing 737-400.

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330 aircraft in Hong Kong International Airport

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Current Passenger Fleet

Malaysia Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Order Option Seat Configuration Routes Notes
Airbus A330-200 3 0 0 229 (-/42/187) Domestic/International short-medium haul
Bangalore, Bangkok, Beirut, Denpasar, Dubai, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Kunming, Langkawi, Penang, Shamshabad, Singapore,
Equipped with PTV
Airbus A330-300 11 15 (NEW GENERATIONS) 10 (NEW GENERATIONS) 294 (-/44/250)
298 (-/42/256)
Domestic/International short-medium haul
Bangalore, Bangkok, Beijing, Chennai, Colombo, Delhi, Denpasar, Dhaka, Dubai, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Jakarta, Karachi, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Male, Manila, Perth, Seoul(Incheon), Shanghai, Singapore, Xiamen
Portable Media Player (AVOD)
provided to Golden Club Class passengers
Airbus A380-800 0 6 0 510[1] International long haul Entry into service: 2011
Boeing 737-400 1 0 0 144 (16/-/128) Domestic/Regional short haul
same as B737-4H6
Exit from service: 2014
Boeing 737-400 36 0 0 144 (16/-/128) Domestic/Regional short haul
Alor Setar, Bandar Seri Begawan, Bangkok, Bintulu, Cebu, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Johor Bahru, Kaohsiung, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Kuching, Labuan, Langkawi, Macau, Medan, Miri, Penang, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Sandakan, Sibu, Siem Reap, Singapore, Surabaya, Taipei, Tawau, Yangoon, Yogyakarta
Exit from service: 2014
Boeing 737-800 WL 3 0 0 152 (16/-/136) Domestic/Regional short haul
some of B737-400 routes
Leased from ILFC
Boeing 737-800 WL NG 0 35 20 Domestic/Regional short haul
will take over B737-400 routes
Entry into service: September 2010
Replacing: Boeing 737-400
Boeing 737-800 WL 2 0 0 152 (16/-/136) Domestic/Regional short haul
some of B737-400 routes
Leased from ILFC
Boeing 747-400 11 0 0 359 (12/41/306) International medium-long haul
Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Sydney, Taipei
Equipped with AVOD
Boeing 777-200 ER 17 0 0 282 (-/35/247) International medium-long haul
Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kota Kinabalu, Melbourne, Mumbai, Osaka, Paris, Perth, Rome, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo,
Equipped with AVOD
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Airbus A330

Malaysia Airlines operates two variants of the Airbus A330: the Airbus A330-200 (3 in fleet) and the Airbus A330-300 (11 in fleet). This aircraft is used to fly short-to-medium-haul routes, such as Kunming, Beijing and Chennai. Malaysia Airlines owns all A330-200 and -300 aircraft, and the first was delivered in 1995.[2]. Their Golden Club Class interiors and seats have been refurbished.

Malaysia Airlines' Airbus A330-300 and A330-200 aircraft will be refurbished in batches with new seat covers, carpet and un-pleated curtains. Seat cushion and arm caps will be replaced with a new material.[3]

All 14 Airbus A330 aircraft are painted in the standard Malaysia Airlines' livery, with its logo on the tailfin.

Airbus A380

Rendering of Airbus A380 for Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines signed a contract with Airbus EADS to purchase 6 Airbus A380 in 2003. The airline expected to receive its first Airbus A380 in 2007, but delivery was delayed due to manufacturing problems. On 3 October 2006, upon completion of a review of the A380 program, the deliveries were pushed approximately two years back to 2009.[4][5] Malaysia Airlines and Airbus agreed on compensations and a new schedule for the deliveries on 31 March 2008, considering the new overall plans of the airline, with the deliveries to be done in 2011. [6] [7][8].

Boeing 737

Rendering of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800

Malaysia Airlines operates 36 Boeing 737-400 aircraft. These fly to regional South-East Asia and domestic destinations. All planes are owned by Malaysia Airlines and have an average age of 14.6 years. The Boeing 737-400 will be retired when 35 new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft are delivered, starting in 2010. (The 737-800 order was announced at the Farnborough Air Show on July 16, 2008.) The 737-800 aircraft will enable much longer ranges to be flown using Boeing 737-series aircraft.On February 2009, Malaysia Airlines received 2 leased 737-800s and another one in March.

Boeing 747

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 747 aircraft

Malaysia Airlines first received Boeing 747-400 aircraft in the year 1989. Two of the older aircraft were sold to Qantas, while Malaysia Airlines leased one Boeing 747-400 to Singapore Airlines. The aircraft is deployed on medium-long and long-haul routes such as Kuala Lumpur to London and Los Angeles. 19 Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft were bought and 10 are still owned by Malaysia Airlines. The airline also owns 2 Boeing 747-400F cargo aircraft.

The Boeing 747-400 aircraft have an average fleet age of 11.5 years. All aircraft have been fitted with new interiors, new seats in Economy class, angled, lie-flat beds in Golden Club Class and flat beds in First Class, and next-generation inflight entertainment systems. Malaysia's Boeing 747-400 is now its only aircraft series to have a 3-class cabin configuration.

Two of the Boeing 747-400s (9M-MPB and 9M-MPD) were painted in Hibiscus livery from 2005 to 2008.

Boeing 777

Malaysia Airlines Freedom of Space aircraft in Kuala Lumpur International Airport

All Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 aircraft are Extended Range (ER) models. The airline deployed these aircraft to fly medium-to-long-haul routes, such as Melbourne, Frankfurt, Perth and Shanghai. The Boeing 777 aircraft have a maximum flight range of 12,779 km (6,900 nm). Malaysia Airlines owns all of its 17 777-200ERs. In 1997, the airline also became the record-holder of the world's longest non-commercial non-stop flight, from Boeing Field in Seattle to Kuala Lumpur, flying eastward, passing over the European and African continents, breaking the Great Circle Distance Without Landing record for an airliner with its Boeing 777-200ER dubbed Super Ranger: a record now held by the Boeing 777-200LR.

The first 777-200ER was delivered in 1997, and the average age is 8.5 years. All aircraft are in a two-class configuration, equipped with Audio Video On Demand (AVOD) in all traveling classes and angled, lie-flat seats in Golden Club Class. One of the Boeing 777-200ERs (9M-MRD) was painted in Heliconia livery from 2005 to 2008.

Current Cargo Fleet

Malaysia Airlines Cargo fleet
Aircraft In fleet Order Option Capacity Notes
Boeing 747-200F 4 0 0 100,000kg Leased
Boeing 747-400F 2 0 0 120,000kg
Airbus A300-600 1 0 0 42,000 kg leased

Fleet Expansion

Airbus A380 MSN001 with Malaysia Airlines livery.
  • On April 26, 2007, MAS requested proposals from Boeing and Airbus for up to 55 aircraft to replace the Boeing 737-400's, plus proposals for new wide-bodied aircraft for long-haul service: rumored to be the Boeing 747-8, Airbus A350 or Boeing 787.[9]
  • On March 31, 2008, MAS announced the purchase of up to 55 Boeing 737-800. This order includes an option to buy 10 additional planes. This deal is expected to be worth more than $3 billion, with delivery beginning in 2010. In addition, MAS has the option to swap the Boeing 737-800 for the larger Boeing 737-900. The delivery of the 6 Airbus A380 was also confirmed for 2011. [6][8][10]

Historical Fleet

List of aircraft that Malaysia Airlines and its predecessor companies have flown in the past.[11]

Malaysia Airlines Retired Fleet
Aircraft Total Exit From Service Notes
Airbus A300 6 July 1995 1 leased from Air France while another one leased from Scandinavian Airlines System.
Airbus A310 1 October 1990 Leased for a short period.
Airbus A330-200 2 (3 still in service)
Airbus A330-300 2 (11 still in service)
Boeing 707 10 December 1980 replaced by A300.
Boeing 737-100 5 September 1972 Malaysia Singapore Airlines(MSA) fleet.Transferred to Singapore Airlines on Oct 1st,1972.
Boeing 737-200 23 1994 Replaced by Boeing 737-400/500 series.
Boeing 737-300F 2 Converted as Freighters for MASKargo.
Boeing 737-400 38 2014 (expected) (36 still in service)
Boeing 737-500 9 October 2000 All 737-500 fleet were decommissioned.
Boeing 737-700 BBJ 1 June 2003 Handed over to Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).Registration :9M-BBJ.
Boeing 737-800 2 2 leased from Travel Service Airlines.
Boeing 747-100 1 The only 747-100 in Malaysia Airlines fleet.
Boeing 747-200 (20)4 still active in MASkargo October 2005 Converted to Cargo Freighter for MASkargo.
Boeing 747-300 1 April 2002 The only 747-300 in Malaysia Airlines fleet.
Boeing 747-400/400F 9 (11 passenger and 2 freighter aircraft still in service)
Bristol Britannia 9 1963 Malayan Airways leased from BOAC 1961-1963
Britten Norman Islander 4
De Havilland Canada Comet 7 November 1969 5 operated by Malaysian Airways/
Malaysia-Singapore Airlines 1965-1969,
2 leased to Malaysia-Singapore Airlines
from BOAC 1967-1969
De Havilland Canada DHC Beaver
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 7 August 2006 Remaining 4 aircraft now operated by MASwings
Fokker F27 20
Fokker F50 12 August 2006 Now operated by MAS subsidiaries,
MASWings 2,
Firefly 2 (all retired)

(one written off in a crash in Tawau).To be retired on April 25th,2010.

Douglas DC-3
Douglas DC-4
Lockheed Super Constellation Malayan Airways fleet.
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 7 March 2000 1 leased from World Airways
McDonnell Douglas MD-11 6 March 2000 All leased from World Airways - 3 passengers aircraft, 2 Convertible Freighters, and 1 freighter (the last three for MASkargo)
Twin Pioneers 2 Ex-Borneo Airways fleet,after the merger of Borneo Airways into Malaysian Airways.
Vickers Viscount 2 September 1963 Malayan Airways 1959-1963

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