Here’s an interesting report in today’s Malaysian Insider that suggests, according to inside sources, that Malaysia Airlines is yet again delaying receipt of its Airbus A380s.
MAS is due to be the eighth carrier to operate A380s, but financial problems at the airline and concerns about how to fill seats on its Kuala-Lumpur to London route could mean another delay to the A380 going into service – the first of six was due to be delivered in April 2012.
The article also suggest that the recent plans announced by Qantas to launch a full service Southeast Asian carrier have got executives at MAS wondering whether to go ahead with membership into the Oneworld alliance. “MAS is going to be a premium airline and if Qantas goes ahead with its plans, there will be competition. An alliance might not work then, apart from the costs of meeting the alliance’s standards,” the source said.
With AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes, who is now on the board of MAS, running a competing service from Kuala Lumpur to London at a much lower cost, can MAS really afford to keep running its fleet of ageing 747s on this route?
Moreover, the first A380 for MAS will be well into build now. It's doubtful MAS is really in a position to further delay delivery of the aircraft at this late stage.