‘We’ll add bigger air­craft, routes’

New Straits Times - - News -

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia Air­lines Bhd plans to add more wide bod­ied air­craft and open 11 new routes this year, its chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Peter Bellew said yes­ter­day.

He said the air­line needed be­tween 10 and 12 ad­di­tional air­craft.

Cur­rently, Malaysia Air­lines has six Air­bus 380; 15 A330 and 54 Boeing 737.

Bellew said busi­ness was boom­ing for the na­tional car­rier, es­pe­cially its in­ter­na­tional route, which had been “ex­tremely strong”.

He was bullish about its China routes with an in­creas­ing num­ber of tourists vis­it­ing Malaysia, es­pe­cially to Sabah and Sarawak.

“The po­ten­tial from China is enor­mous. It is far bigger than what I thought six months ago. I am pretty bullish about it.”

Bellew said the air­line was well on the road to re­cov­ery.

“In the last nine months, we have seen Malaysia Air­lines’ load fac­tor grow by 15 per cent.

“Last De­cem­ber, we had the high­est load fac­tor of any full ser­vice car­rier in the world at 90 per cent, higher than Amer­i­can Air­lines, Bri­tish Air­ways and even Sin­ga­pore Air­lines.

“This year, we are in­tro­duc­ing 11 routes, the most in the his­tory of Malaysia Air­lines in one year. Next year, we are eval­u­at­ing about 26 new routes,” he said.

Bellew also said the na­tional car­rier would start hir­ing staff to­wards the end of this year.

“We need more staff, in­clud­ing pi­lots, crew and en­gi­neers,” he said, adding that Malaysia Air­lines had about 1,100 pi­lots on its pay­roll.

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