According to a New Straits Times story, Malaysia Airlines Bhd, a subsidiary of Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), intends to return all six of its Airbus A380 aircraft to Airbus by 2023.
The negotiations to return the superjumbos were a part of the agreement the Malaysian flag carrier had with the European airline maker in August 2022 to purchase 20 A330-900Ns, the daily reported, citing sources.
Since 2020 and the commencement of the COVID-19 epidemic, all of Malaysia Airlines’ A380s, which were operated on a few trips to Europe, Australia, and Asia, have been parked.
Malaysia Airlines disclosed that it was looking into options to get rid of its Airbus A380s when it underwent restructuring in May 2021. The airline announced a tender in July 2021 to sell six Airbus A380s, but it didn’t appear to generate any significant interest.
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“The plan is for them (Airbus) to take back all the aircraft (A380) by the end of this year. It’s up to them what they want to do with the aircraft,” one source told the New Straits Times.
“The discussion is ongoing. It’s a work in progress,” the sources said, adding that the aircraft would be delivered to Airbus once the location is decided.
In a statement provided to ch-aviation, Malaysia Airlines said that, “Malaysia Aviation Group plans to retire and exit A380 by the end of 2022. However, the terms related to the deal with Airbus remain confidential.”
The New Straits Times was also informed by Airbus that the deal’s specifics were private.