Malaysia Airlines will withdraw all Airbus A380 aircraft

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Malaysia Airlines has announced that the six Airbus A380 aircraft in its fleet, which are currently detained on the ground, will not return to operational service. The airline intends to withdraw the six aircraft the near future.

Malaysia Aviation Group, the parent company of Malaysia Airlines, no longer sees Airbus A380 aircraft as part of its future plan, a MAG spokesman revealed at a press briefing on May 5, 2021. The Group's Executive Director, Izham Ismail said MAG is looking for ways to withdraw the aircraft in the coming months.

Malaysia Aviation Group is looking for ways to withdraw Airbus A380 aircraft in the coming months.

Malaysia Airlines has six Airbus A380s, including the "100th A380" aircraft. Since the beginning of the pandemic, all six planes have been parked at Kuala Lumpur Airport (KUL), according to

In total, only 15 airlines in the world have operated this type of aircraft created by Airbus. However, the collapse of the aviation and tourism industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic was particularly severe for four-engine aircraft. Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Air France, Qatar Airways, China Southern or Etihad Airways announced that will withdraw, in whole or in part, Airbus A380 aircraft from operational service.

Malaysia Airlines has placed an order for 25 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which were due to begin delivery in July 2020, but have been suspended. The Malaysian flag carrier will start using Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by 2024. The first aircraft will be received in the next four years. The delivery of the aircraft depends on the lifting of travel bans because the Boeing 737 MAX has not yet received the right to fly to Asia.

Malaysia Airlines will use Boeing 737 MAX aircraft starting in 2024.

After a long hiatus, the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft fleet is back in the air. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has approved resumption of flights with 737 MAX aircraft, in November 2020, for airlines under FAA jurisdiction.

Subsequently, other territorial authorities also agreed to resume flights with 737 MAX aircraft in Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. However, this is not the case in Asia, where the 737 MAX fleet remains on the ground. 

In February 2019, when the Boeing 737 MAX was in operational service, flights with this type of aircraft accounted for 1,1% of global capacity. In February 2021, the fleet of 737 MAX aircraft operates only 0,4% of global capacity, given that a large part of the scheduled flights and routes are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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