Malaysia Airlines group chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya has stated that the airline is evaluating whether to standardise on the Airbus A330 for its widebody operations. “We want to rationalise the fleet – I hate running an airline with too many aircraft types,” he said. The airline has 15 A330s currently on order but it is seeking alternative aircraft to replace its ageing 777-200ERs. Although some of the airline’s 777 routes could “easily be flown by the A330”, Yahya says that he is waiting to see what Airbus decides to do about developing the twinjet to operate longer-haul flights.

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