MAS seeks to more narrowbody jets, expects delays in existing 737MAX order

Malaysia Airlines is looking to add at least 25 single-aisle aircraft and would consider alternatives with both Airbus SE and Boeing Co, according to CEO Izham Ismail. "The number is definitely 25 or more," Izham stated during the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) 300-airline meeting in Istanbul (AGM). 

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According to him, the carrier would not know the precise number of necessary planes until Izham meets with the airline's board in August. Even as late as November, the CEO said that he would quadruple his existing order for 25 Max planes. If it is unable to acquire favorable production slots, Malaysia would continue to operate its old planes, according to the CEO. 

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The airline will begin its search for new planes in the fourth quarter. At the same time, Malaysia is looking for aircraft lessors to add four more A350 widebody jets to its fleet of six for long-haul flights. Malaysia had previously purchased Max jets for delivery in May, but they will now begin in August, with Izham warning that the current timeline may potentially slide. 

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"I don't know if August is going to be delayed any further," the CEO added, citing supply-chain limitations that have slowed supplies.

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