MASkargo officials have taken delivery of the first of four A330-200 freighters from Airbus at a ceremony in Toulouse, France. Airbus will deliver one more freighter to MASkargo this year; the rest are scheduled for delivery in January and April.
“This is a critical milestone for the Malaysian aviation industry,” YB Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri, the deputy transport minister of Malaysia, said during the delivery ceremony. “With the ownership of a cost-efficient aircraft such as the A330, our national cargo carrier will be well equipped to enhance their presence in the air cargo industry.”
MASkargo currently has two 747-400 freighters in its fleet; when the four Airbus planes are added to the carrier’s holdings, Shahari Sulaiman, managing director of MASkargo, thinks this will better position the airline to compete on a global scale. The carrier will fly routes into the new destinations of Osaka, Taipei, and Karagandy.
“The combination of these two aircraft types will allow MASkargo to grow its network by better managing capacity to demand,” he said in a statement. “The advantage of the A330 freighters allows us to develop new trade lanes between Asia, Europe and Australia which may not be viable using a bigger capacity aircraft.”
He pointed out that the A330 freighters will allow MASkargo to serve these additional markets with increased frequency while, at the same time, reducing operating costs. The new planes will replace the carrier’s leased 747-200 freighters, which had already been flying on reduced routings “due to the high cost of operation, mainly as a result of the fuel-burn rate,” he said. The four A330 freighters are all direct purchases.