Malaysia Airlines cancels a provisional deal for eight Boeing 787
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Airlines announced that it wouldn't finalize a preliminary agreement signed with Boeing last year for eight 787 Dreamliner.
Izham Ismail, the group chief executive officer, declared that the Malaysian flag carrier couldn’t determine its widebody airliner requirements yet.
We will only go to Request for Proposal and engage the board depending on our future network plan,Ismail said.
According to Ismail, airline's current fleet of 81 aircraft is adequate to serve its existing network and addition of new aircraft to the fleet should be based on demands and the financial status of the company.
The deal had been signed by minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last year during his visit to the United States.
Although the cancellation, the company is still in talks with Boeing for the future of its widebody fleet and the new generation widebody aircraft must match with the national carrier's future network objectives, according to Ismail.
Izham also said the Boeing's new generation widebodies would become a current issue when the airline’s 15 Airbus A330-300 come to the end of their leasing terms.
Malaysia Airlines operates an all-Airbus widebody fleet consisting of six A380, six A350, and 21 A330 along with the 48 B737-800 narrowbodies.