Monday, March 19, 2007

Malaysia Airlines Denies A380 Order Cancellation

National carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Monday denied that it would likely cancel an order for six Airbus A380 superjumbos after delays in delivery of the aircraft.

"MAS is still in discussions with A380 on the various options available and no decision has been made," the airline said in a statement.

The denial was issued after the NST newspaper, citing unnamed sources, reported Monday the carrier was mulling cancellation of the order for the A380s over delivery delays.

The newspaper said the airline was expected to receive its first A380 by late 2009, a delay leading to exclusion from the national carrier's fleet plan.

"These planes are really expensive so there is no point in wasting taxpayers' money if it no longer fits into MAS' overall plans," a source was quoted as saying.

Airbus said in November that Malaysia Airlines had not cancelled its order despite the company failing to meet delivery deadlines for 10 months.

Deliveries of the A380, the world's largest commercial airliner and the cornerstone in Airbus efforts to catch up with Boeing, are now two years behind schedule because of production problems.

The struggling aircraft manufacturer on Friday saw strikes of thousands of Airbus workers across Europe after announcing 10,000 job cuts in a bid to solve a crisis caused mainly by problems with its A380 superjumbo jet. (Channel Newsasia)
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Blogger Yzerfontein said...

Malaysia Airlines might not be cancelling orders, but its subsidiary - Firefly Airlines is making good use of its Fokker F50s. The A380s use about 3 litres of fuel per passenger per 100km - if you can fill them up they're stunningly fuel efficient.

5:32 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

commission already paid to third to cancel

3:34 PM GMT+8  

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