Malaysia Airlines revises its widebody expansion strategy, could rule out 787 deal


Kuala Lumpur - In 2017, Malaysia Airlines decided to order eight Boeing 787-9 against Airbus' A330neo and A350-900. But today the airline wants to revise its widebody strategy. A330neo and A350-900 might get a second chance.

Malaysia Airlines is seeking offers for 20 to 30 widebody airliner. The airline's wish list also mentions the Airbus A330neo and A350, according to an unnamed source.

We are constantly talking with our partners to review scenarios and options regarding our network and fleet,
a spokeswoman told Reuters.

In September 2017, former Malaysia Airlines boss Peter Bellew signed a letter of intent with Boeing for the purchase of eight 787 Dreamliners. Peter Bellew is back at Ryanair and his successor Izham Ismail is reopening the issue of renewing and expanding the widebody fleet of the Malaysian flag carrier.

Now Airbus' A330neo and A350-900 may have a second chance against Boeing's 787-9.

Malaysia Airlines has an order of six A350-900 through a leasing company. Four A350-900 are already serving on the airline's international network.