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PARIS, 21 June 2017:
Malaysia Airlines is in early negotiations with Airbus and Boeing for the purchase of 35-40 new long-range jets, its chief executive said today.
Peter Bellew said the restructured Malaysian carrier is interested either in Boeing 787-9 or Airbus A330-900neo aircraft – but did not believe either manufacturer was yet offering the right price or delivery schedule.
Malaysia Airlines is meanwhile bringing in six second-hand Airbus A330s, which are available at attractive prices, he said at the Paris Airshow.
That comes as the airline remains short of capacity to meet its short-term needs and to meet expansion such as the availability of a second slot at Shanghai, China.
“We just need lift,” Bellew said, speaking shortly after agreeing to convert orders for 10 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft into newly launched 737 MAX 10.