MASkargo, the air cargo subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, took the first delivery of the A330-200F freighters on September 15th, 2011 at the Airbus assembly point in Toulouse. The remaining three airplanes are scheduled to be delivered in November 2011, January 2012 and April 2012. The mid size A330-200F is the world’s most modern mid-size freighters and will be powered by the upgraded Pratt Whitney PW4170 engine with a maximum payload of 70 tonnes and range of 4,000 nm range.
The first flight departed Toulouse to Amsterdam on the 15th September, to pick up 57 tons of cargo onward to Kuala Lumpur. The A330 freighters is forecasted to increase the freighter capacity in 2012 by about 25 percent with schedule flights into Narita, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Sharjah and Penang. New freighter destinations scheduled for the A330 freighters are Osaka, Taipei, and Karagandy. The Osaka flights will commence on 29th October, 2011. Other new routes will include Kuala Lumpur to Europe via Shanghai and Karaganda, in Kazakhstan, with the first flight scheduled on 2nd October, 2011. Taipei flights will commence in November of this year.
During the ceremony, Shahari Sulaiman, the Managing Director of MASkargo said: “The four A330 freighters will complement the two 747-400F freighters in the existing fleet. The combination of these two aircraft types will allow MASkargo to grow its network by better managing capacity to demand. The advantage of the A330 freighters allows us to develop new trade lanes between Asia, Europe and Australia which may not be viable using a bigger capacity aircraft.”