Malaysia Airlines set to end its A380 services from early 2018, in less than six years into service.
According to Malaysia Airlines reservation site, all scheduled A380 services will end on 4 March 2018. The Malaysia Airlines’s only remaining scheduled A380 service is between London and Kuala lumpur twice daily non-stop and effective 15 January 2018, it be reduced to once daily. The services will be replaced with Airbus A350-900.. Airlines said.
The airline has six A380s purchased between 2012 and 2013. Since all the routes failed with A380, the airline has been trying to sell or lease the Aircraft, but found no buyers. Now the airline is planing to use the aircraft as charter flights for shuttling Hajj and Umrah pilgrim passengers.
It was reported in local media, that new subsidy company so called “Project Hope” will undertake the charter services and establish routes between ASEAN countries, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Africa to Medina in Saudi Arabia.
‘Project Hope’ is expected to begin in mid of 2019 during Hajj season.