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30 November 2017
Commercial Aircraft

Malaysia Airlines takes delivery of its first A350 XWB

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Malaysia Airlines’ initial A350-900 widebody jetliner was added to its existing fleet of 24 Airbus aircraft, composed of six A380s, 15 A330-300s and three A330-200F freighters

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The first A350-900 for Air Lease Corporation has been delivered to Malaysia Airlines, becoming the initial A350 XWB in the Malaysian carrier’s fleet

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The first A350-900 for Malaysia Airlines will be initially deployed on flights within Asia; starting in early 2018, the airline will utilise A350-900s on its premier long-haul service from Kuala Lumpur to London

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29 November 2017

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Malaysia Airlines received its first of six A350-900 widebody jetliners, all to be operated on lease from Air Lease Corporation

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Malaysia Airlines’ first A350-900 passes under a water cannon salute at Kuala Lumpur International Airport after arriving on its delivery flight

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With the arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport of Malaysia Airlines’ first A350-900, this carrier became the 17th airline to operate the world’s most modern and efficient twin-engine widebody aircraft

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Johari Abdul Ghani (Malaysia’s Second Minister of Finance), at left, and Captain Izham Ismail (CEO of Malaysia Airlines Berhad) celebrate delivery of the airline’s first A350-900 widebody jetliner

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First A350-900 in Air Lease Corporation’s fleet

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has taken delivery of its first A350-900, leased from Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL) (ALC), becoming the 17th airline to operate the world’s newest, most modern and efficient twin engine widebody airliner. The delivery was celebrated upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. 

ALC receives its first A350-900 out of an order for 29 A350 Family aircraft. Eventually Malaysia Airlines will operate six A350-900s, all leased from ALC.

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 is the first carrier to offer a First Class cabin in the A350-900. The aircraft is configured in a three class cabin layout with a total of 286 seats. This comprises four in First Class, 35 in Business, featuring convertible seats to fully flat beds and 247 in Economy.

Malaysia Airlines already operates 24 Airbus aircraft including six A380, 15 A330-300 and three A330-200F on its regional routes and long haul services.

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.” 

“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” said John Plueger, CEO and President of Air Lease Corporation.

“We are proud at Airbus to count Malaysia Airlines as a new operator of the world’s most modern and efficient aircraft,’’ said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer- Customers, Airbus Commercial 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.’’

The A350 XWB benefits from the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs.  The aircraft features an Airspace cabin which, on top of the aircraft’s spaciousness and quietness, provides better ambience, design and services, contributing to superior levels of comfort and well-being, and setting new standards in terms of flight experience for all passengers.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 858 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

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