The latest contract increases the airline's firm orders for the type to four, all of which will be operated by the carrier's airfreight subsidiary...

Malaysia Airlines has ordered two more Airbus A330-200F freighters, converting two existing options.

The latest contract increases the airline’s firm orders for the A330-200F to four, all of which will be operated by the carrier’s subsidiary MASkargo. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.

“We are confident that the A330-200F is set to become a game changer in the mid-size freighter market,” says Shahari Sulaiman, MASkargo’s managing director. “The aircraft will enable MASkargo to efficiently match capacity closely to demand on many medium lift sectors across our cargo network, and especially those operating via intra-Asia.”

Malaysia Airlines converted options on two Airbus A330-200Fs on September 20, 2010, adding to a firm order for two A330-200Fs it had previously placed. All four A330-200Fs are to be operated by Malaysia Airlines' cargo subsidiary MASkargo

“This additional order underscores the increasing popularity of the new A330-200F as it enters airline service,” remarks John Leahy, chief operating officer customers for Airbus. “With this aircraft we are bringing new levels of efficiency to the freighter market and we are extremely pleased that MASkargo will be one of the early operators of the type.”

The A330-200F is the latest addition to the A330 family. Airbus claims the new freighter offers the lowest operating costs in its size category and is the only mid-size, long haul, all-cargo aircraft capable of carrying 65 tonnes over 4,000 nautical miles (7,400km) or 70 tonnes over 3,200nm (5,900km).