Malaysia Airlines set to end Boeing 777 operations in early 2016.


New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) Malaysia Airlines has begun offering its Beoing 777 type-rated crews alternative employment opportunities within the Group among other options as indications that the carrier is indeed planning to end 777-200(ER) operations at the end of the quarter grow stronger. With the 777's last longhaul flights - to Amsterdam and Paris CDG - set for January 27, so further research of schedule shows the widebody twinjet's last tentative commercial flight for the airline will be on March 26 between Guangzhou and Kuala Lumpur Int'l. The state-owned carrier is in the midst of a massive restructuring drive which will see its network reoriented toward domestic and regional operations using a fleet dominated by 737-800s. "Malaysia Airlines' network rationalisation exercise, which saw a reduction in capacity and suspension of flights to selected destinations, will have an impact on pilot requirements. The pilots will have a choice of career options which include voluntary secondment to other airlines in Asia or the Middle East, voluntary no-pay, long term...

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