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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Malaysia Airlines To Introduce The Airbus A380 On The Beijing and Melbourne Route on March 2013

Malaysia Airlines will introduce the Airbus A380 on the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing and Kuala Lumpur - Melbourne route on March 1, 2013 according to Airline Route.
As of 24AUG12, further adjustment on Amadeus timetable listing has been made for Malaysia Airlines’Kuala Lumpur – Beijing and Kuala Lumpur - Melbourne service, from 01 MAR 2013. The airline continues to operate previously planned 14 weekly A330-300 aircraft, instead of 10 weekly A330 and 4 weekly A380.

On 20AUG12, Airline Route reported that Amadeus timetable listing is displaying 4 weekly A380 service on MH370/371. However it also stressed that such changes did not reflect in the airline’s internal system. As always Airline Route will provide follow-up update if there are any further changes.

Schedule:

MH370 KUL0050 – 0630PEK 333 x457
MH392 KUL0925 – 1505PEK 333 457
MH360 KUL1840 – 0020+1PEK 333 D

MH361 PEK0130 – 0800KUL 333 D
MH371 PEK0855 – 1525KUL 333 x457
MH393 PEK1610 – 2240KUL 333 457

MH370/371 and MH392/393 operates with 777-200ER until 28FEB13.
Note in OAG Schedules iNet, the database also shows A380 operating MH370/371 from 01MAR13.

Malaysia Airlines starting 01MAR13 is launching Airbus A380 service on Kuala Lumpur – Melbourneroute, where MH129/128 will be operated by Airbus A380 instead of A330-300 aircraft. Melbourne is MH’s 4th destination operated by the Super Jumbo.

Reservation for A380 Melbourne flight opens today (06AUG12).

Schedule:

MH129 KUL1030 – 2110MEL 380 D
MH149 KUL2200 – 0755+1MEL 333 D

MH128 MEL0045 – 0545KUL 380 D
MH148 MEL1500 – 2030KUL 333 D

MH128 to be operated by A380 from 02MAR13. In 2011, Melbourne was listed as the airline’s A380 initial destinations despite being absent from the company’s brochure published in June 2012.

On the financial side, the company reported an operating loss in the second quarter. Here is the full report:

“Malaysia Airlines has announced a reduced operating loss of RM102 million for the second quarter ended 30 June 2012 compared to RM443 million in the same period last year. The significant 77% improvement in performance year-on-year (y-o-y) at the operating level was due to efforts in the pricing and revenue management area plus lower fuel costs and lower passenger-related costs in line with capacity cuts.

The operating loss for the second quarter was also lower than the operating loss of RM307 million achieved in the first quarter of 2012. For the second quarter of 2012, total revenue fell 6% to RM3.2 billion compared to RM3.4 billion in the previous year following the Route Rationalisation programme in late 2011 and early 2012 to cut several loss-making and low yielding routes.

Group expenditure reduced 13% y-o-y to RM3.4 billion. Fuel costs, which accounted for 37% of expenditure, fell 18% to RM1.3 billion following a 15% drop in consumption. The same quarter also saw a drop in jet fuel price to an average USD132 per barrel from USD140 per barrel y-o-y. Non-fuel costs dropped 10%.

Aircraft leasing costs reduced 9% due to the return of two freighter Boeing 747 aircraft. Overall maintenance costs fell by 16% whilst handling and landing costs fell some 20%. On the other hand, depreciation of aircraft increased 35% in the second quarter due to additions to the fleet with the arrival of 5 new aircraft including the first of six A380 ordered as part of its fleet renewal program.

The Group’s net loss after interest and taxes stood at RM348.7 million for the second quarter ended 30 June 2012, equivalent to a 34% improvement on the loss of RM525.8 million registered in the same period y-o-y. Included in the second quarter 2012 results was a forex loss of RM173.0 million due to the strengthening of the US Dollar against the Ringgit.

For the 6 months ended 30 June 2012, Malaysia Airlines’ net loss stood at RM520.1 million, 32% better than the previous loss of RM767.4 million for the same period in 2011.”

In other news, on August 6, Boeing and Malaysia Airlines celebrated the direct delivery of the airline’s 75th 737 aircraft during an event at Boeing Field. The airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800, arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 8, 2012.

The airplane comes with the 787 Dreamliner-inspired Boeing Sky Interior, which features larger pivoting overhead stowage bins, larger window reveals and LED lighting to enhance the sense of spaciousness. Malaysia Airlines was the Asia launch customer for the Boeing Sky Interior in October 2010.

Malaysia Airlines took delivery of its first 737 in 1972 and has operated the 737-200, 737-300, 737-400, 737-500 and 737-800.

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