Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has taken delivery of its first A350-900, leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC), which will be followed by five more, all leased from ALC. For ALC this is the first delivery of the A350-900 out of an order for 29 A350 Family aircraft.
Malaysia Airlines will initially deploy the aircraft on flights within Asia. From the first quarter of 2018, the A350 will fly on the airline’s premier long haul service from Kuala Lumpur to London.
Malaysia Airlines CEO Captain Izham Ismail said: “We are very excited to welcome this new addition to our family. With its technological advancements the A350-900 is an important milestone for us on this journey, helping boost our competitiveness on our long haul flights. The addition of the A350-900 also underlines our commitment to operate a young and modern fleet.”
John Plueger, CEO and president of Air Lease Corporation added: “Our first A350-900 represents a milestone for ALC, and for Malaysia Airlines. We are very confident that the A350-900 will deliver outstanding performance, efficiency, and economics for our airline customers.”
John Leahy, chief operating officer – Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft also commented: “We are proud at Airbus to count Malaysia Airlines as a new operator of the world’s most modern and efficient aircraft.
“Congratulations also to ALC for receiving the first A350 XWB in its fleet, proving the popularity of this aircraft in the lessor community across the globe. We are looking forward to our continued partnership with Malaysia Airlines and ALC – two major companies in the aviation industry.”