Malaysia Airlines has put its entire fleet of six Airbus A380s up for sale, along with four Boeing 777-200ER jets, as the airline ramps up its efforts to wipe out millions of dollars in ongoing losses.
Malaysia Airlines is said to be open to outright sale or lease, reports respected aviation industry site Leeham News.
Also on the block are six MAS freight aircraft – two Boeing 747-400s and four Airbus A330-200s – which Leeham News’ Scott Hamilton says ‘wipes out MASCargo’.
Malaysia Airlines took delivery of its first A380 just less than three years ago, in May 2012, and currently flies the superjumbos from its home hub in Kuala Lumpur to London and Paris.
The A380’s list price in 2012 was US$389.9, although it’s speculated that airlines typically pay barely half the sticker.
Each Malaysia Airlines A380 contains eight first class suites, which MAS boasted at the time were the world’s widest first class beds, along with 66 lie-flat business class seats and 420 economy seats.
The airline was nationalised in late 2014 by Malaysia’s government-owned investment arm Khazanah Nasional, after years of mounting debt.
The airline has racked up debts approaching $1.5 billion since 2011 and last year analysts predicted Malaysia Airlines would not break even until at least 2016.
Under KN’s watch, MAS was to receive a A$2 billion injection from 2014 to 2016 to fund a dramatic restructure – including a 30% cut to its workforce – in a drive to return the airline to profitability by 2017.
Malaysia Airlines has been approached for comment.