The aircraft is the first of 20 firm ATR 72-600 turboprop regional airliners ordered by Malaysia Airlines for Firefly in December 2012, MAS also taking options on 16 more for its other regional-airline subsidiary MASwings.

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Airbus has delivered the 100th A380 superjumbo, handing the aircraft over to Malaysia Airlines on March 14 at the manufacturer’s Henri Ziegler Delivery Centre in Toulouse.

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Malaysia Airlines has signed a firm order for 20 ATR 72-600s and optioned 16 additional aircraft, in a deal which ATR values at more than US$840 million if the carrier firms up all its options.

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According to oneworld, Malaysia Airlines, which serves more than 60 destinations in almost 30 countries, will substantially expand the alliance’s network in Southeast Asia, which is seeing rapid economic expansion.

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The national airline of Malaysia has received clearance to become a full member of oneworld after successfully completing a thorough review of its readiness conducted by Qantas Airways, which is sponsoring Malaysia Airlines’ entry into the alliance, with the oneworld central team.

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The Boeing 737-800 was due to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport – Malaysia’s main international gateway – on August 8.

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The livery was designed by MAS specifically for its new A380 flagship and was applied post-delivery by Airbus in Toulouse.

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Malaysia Airlines has taken delivery of its first A380, becoming the eighth operator of the world’s largest airliner.

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The first A380 for Malaysia Airlines returned to Toulouse on May 9, 2012 following completion of interior furnishing and cabin system tests in Hamburg. The aircraft is now stationed at the Airbus flight line at Toulouse for final system checks before customer acceptance and delivery.

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After a successful flight of five hours on October 20, the aircraft returned to Toulouse to be prepared for its next journey to the Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany for cabin installation and painting.

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Boeing announced at the Paris Airshow on June 21 that Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysia Airlines had exercised an option to purchase 10 additional 737-800s.

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On June 7, the first Airbus A380 for Malaysia Airlines entered the Airbus Final Assembly Line on the grounds of Toulouse Blagnac Airport for the final-production phase.

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The carrier has unanimously been elected a oneworld member-designate by the chief executives of the alliance’s member airlines at a meeting on the sidelines of IATA’s 2011 World Air Transport Summit, which opens in Singapore on June 6.

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The national carrier of Malaysia is the first full-service airline to operate the 737-800 with the new Boeing Sky Interior and takes delivery of its first outfitted aircraft just 10 days after low-cost airline flydubai received the first 737NG with a Boeing Sky Interior installed.

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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 MASkargo.

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