MALAYSIA AIRLINES (MAS) is to lease another three Boeing 737-800s to take over some routes now operated by Airbus A330-300 aircraft. With three already in operation, a fourth 737-800 leased from ILFC was delivered to the airline on 13 May.
The aircraft, which is currently being reconfigured to seat 16 passengers in business class and 144 in economy class will be operational in late June. It will be deployed on services to Manila, currently operated daily by A330-300 aircraft. MAS plans to operate the flight twice daily. A fifth aircraft, to be leased from Hong Kong Airways, will arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport during the fourth week of June and will be utilised for Indian routes.
A sixth will then be leased new from Boeing later this year. MAS is keen to deploy the aircraft on the Male and Colombo routes.