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Malaysia Airlines Might Be Downsizing. Big Time. Where Will Their Planes Go?

An Emirates A380 landing at Los Angeles Airport. Photo - Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

An Emirates A380 landing at Los Angeles Airport – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter

It’s no secret that Malaysia Airlines had a terrible 2014. So terrible that the fate of the airline hangs in the balance. The government, tired of writing blank checks to keep the airline afloat, has demanded restructuring. Hiring Christoph Mueller (of Aer Lingus hatchet-man fame), they were, finally, not going to pull any punches.

Part of this is an impressive (rumored) fleet disposition. Winding down of the entire 777 fleet by the end of next year, complete dissolving of MASkargo, and the biggest elephant in the room of all; removal of their A380s.

Can becoming a regional airline centered around the A330 save Malaysia Airlines? I’m not hopeful, but that’s not what I am here to talk about today.

I want to discuss where the planes are likely to go.

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Takeaways from the NTSB Asiana 214 Report

Photo of the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 flight 214 crash from the NTSB.

Asiana Airlines flight 214 crash, a Boeing 777 – Photo: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this week released a synopsis of their final report on last year’s crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).  The report lists NTSB’s findings, identifies a probable cause, and makes 27 specific recommendations to Asiana, the FAA, and Boeing – among others.  The crash was found to be pilot error – the result of a botched visual approach which culminated in the Boeing 777-200ER hitting a seawall and crashing onto the runway, killing three and seriously injuring dozens.

For anyone who has followed the crash investigation, there were no real surprises in the report. However, there are some interesting takeaways.

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Comparing and Contrasting ANA’s Three Business Class Products

The ANA Business Staggered Seat.  This is the "C" seat with the storage window side giving true Aisle access.  Chose "A" if you love a true window seat - Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

The ANA Business Staggered Seat. This is the “C” seat with the storage window side giving true Aisle access. Chose “A” if you love a true window seat.

During my ANA Ambassador trip, I was given the chance to fly three different types of All Nippon Airways (ANA) Business Class seats and I wanted to share my thoughts on them. For my story, I will be concentrating mostly on the hard product (the seat) vs the “soft” product (meals, service, amenities), which is common across all the aircraft.

The current generation of Business Class seats are fitted to ANA’s 787 as part of the Inspiration of Japan series. There are two different versions: international and domestic. The long haul (international) 787 seats are called “Business Staggered” and are similar to a small pod. This is currently the airline’s premium product. The seats lie fully flat and, with a length of over 6ft, allows passengers to easily get some rest. The Business Staggered seats can also be found in some of ANA’s 777s (though the 777 version is slightly larger).

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Photos: American 777-300ER and Saudia Cargo 747-8F at Paine Field

An American Airlines 777-300ER on approach to Paine Field in Everett - Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

An American Airlines 777-300ER on approach to Paine Field in Everett – Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

I don’t know about other AvGeeks & plane spotters out there but I have this list of aircraft that I have been trying to get photos of lately.  Well it sure was a lucky day in Everett when I can tick two off the list in the span of a few minutes.

What is on my list?  First, I hope to get each airline that operates the Boeing 787s (because some of the liveries are just downright pretty) and also every airline that operates to Australia (where I am from). Other than that, my list is pretty much made up of  airlines that I feel good looking schemes or ones that I haven’t seen before.  The holy grail’s though are the special schemes and the retro liveries.

A Saudia Cargo 747-8F About to turn onto 16R at Paine Field - Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

A Saudia Cargo 747-8F about to turn onto 16R at Paine Field – Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

The four that have eluded me lately up at Everett had been the American Airlines new Livery, Aeroflot’s 777-300ER, Saudia Cargo 747-8F and the Uzbekistan Airlines 767.  When I saw on the Saturday morning that the American 777 was doing a test flight, well you can bet where I was headed.  Even though the fog was thick in the morning for the takeoff, I ran some errands and came back for the departure.  When the sun had burnt away the fog and it was a glorious looking afternoon.

To make the afternoon even better, as the American 777 came onto its final approach, the Saudia Cargo 747-8F got taxi clearances for the test flight it was about to begin… score!

An American Airlines 777 in the New Livery Touches down as a Saudia Cargo 747-8F taxi's by  - Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

An American Airlines 777 in the New Livery Touches down as a Saudia Cargo 747-8F taxi’s by – Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

Even though some of the photos were not perfect, it doesn’t matter.  It’s about getting out and enjoying the sunshine, seeing the aircraft and chatting with fellow AvGeeks.  Here is to a fruitful spring and summer of spotting!

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This story written by…Malcolm Muir, Lead Correspondent.

Mal is an Australian Avgeek now living and working in Seattle. With a passion for aircraft photography, traveling and the fun that combining the two can bring. Insights into the aviation world with a bit of a perspective thanks to working in the travel industry.

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PHOTOS: Aeroflot’s Livery on their First Boeing 777-300ER + Virtual Interior Tour

Aeroflot's first Boeing 777-300ER arrives back to Paine Field in Everett, WA after being painted in Portland. Image by Bernie Leighton.

Aeroflot’s first Boeing 777-300ER arrives back to Paine Field in Everett, WA on January 2, 2013 after being painted in Portland. Image by Bernie Leighton.

To help modernize their fleet, Aeroflot has already placed an order for 16 Boeing 777-300ERs. Their first 77W recently flew to Portland to get painted and flew back to Paine Field in full Aeroflot livery yesterday.

Russell Hill (@Sabian404) was able to catch the 777 down in Portland (PDX) and Bernie Leighton (@Powertothethird) was at Paine Field (KPAE) to watch it land. I think the aircraft, with the Aeroflot livery, is so beautiful, I had to share the photos.

Aeroflot's first 77W leaving Portland (PDX) after being painted. Photo by Russell Hill.

Aeroflot’s first 77W leaving Portland (PDX) after being painted. Photo by Russell Hill.

Back in June 2011 Vitaly Saveliev, director general of Aeroflot Russian Airlines stated, “The Boeing 777 will strengthen our long-haul capabilities. These airplanes will play a critical role in our network expansion strategy, particularly the international growth opportunities we expect from our joint businesses with SkyTeam partners when servicing the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games and the 2018 Football World Cup.”

Aeroflots's Boeing 777 arrives to PDX on December 14th to be painted. Photo by Russell Hill.

Aeroflots’s Boeing 777 arrives to PDX on December 14th to be painted. Photo by Russell Hill.

Aeroflot is set to configure their 777-300ERs with a total of 402 seats. There will be 30 seats in business set up with a 2-2-2 layout, 48 premium economy configured with 2-4-2 and finally 324 seats in economy with 10-seats abreast as 3-4-3.

BONUS: Aeroflot to show off retro livery on an Airbus A320 in 2013

I am working to try to get actual hi-res computer images of Aeroflot’s interior, but for now I have pulled some screen shots of a video that they posted back in October:

What Aeroflot's Business Class in the Boeing 777-300ER is set to look like. Image from Aeroflot.

What Aeroflot’s Business Class in the Boeing 777-300ER is set to look like. Image from Aeroflot / YouTube.

Premium Economy has noticable additional space vs standard economy. Image from Aeroflot.

Premium Economy has noticeably additional space vs standard economy. Image from Aeroflot / YouTube.

Not as nice as the front of the aircraft, here is Aeroflot's economy section with 10-abreast seating. Image from Aeroflot.

Not as nice as the front of the aircraft, here is Aeroflot’s economy section with 10-abreast seating. Image from Aeroflot / YouTube.

This story written by…

David Parker Brown, Editor & Founder.David started AirlineReporter.com in the summer of 2008, but has had a passion for aviation since he was a kid. Born and raised in the Seattle area (where he is currently based) has surely had an influence and he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in the world.

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