MAS completes 737-400 acquisition
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has completed the acquisition of 10 Boeing 737-400s equipped with CFM56-3C1 engines from AAR Aircraft Sales & Leasing.
Five aircraft (MSNs 26444, 26464, 26466, 26467, 27084) were built in 1992. Another three (MSNs 26451, 26455, 26458) were manufactured in 1993. MSN 27353 is a 1994-vintage while the remaining aircraft (MSN 27673) was built in 1994.
Last November MAS decided to buyback the leased aircraft from Bank of Utah due to "high maintenance costs to re-deliver these aircraft" in order to meet re-delivery conditions, coupled with its network requirement to "support domestic routes while waiting for new 737-800 deliveries from Boeing."
The aircraft will be used until the end 2014 before disposal, says the Malaysian carrier.
MAS says the $64 million capital expenditures will be depreciated until the end of 2014.
According to Flightglobal's Ascend online database, MAS has two more 737-400 (26452, 27087) under leases with AAR Aircraft Sales and Leasing. Those aircraft were manufactured in 1993.
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Cathay Pacific transferred an Airbus A330-300 (017) aircraft with Trent 772-60 engines to Dragonair. The 1992-vintage aircraft has been operated by Cathay since 1997.
ExpressJet Airlines leased a Bombardier CRJ900 (15181, 15197) aircraft with CF34-8C5 engines from Delta Air Lines. The 2008-vintage aircraft are owned by Pinnacle Airlines.
FedEx purchased a Boeing 757-200 (28482) aircraft with PW2040 engines from PALS 1999-1 ABS portfolio. The 1997-vintage aircraft were previously operated by Blue Panorama Airlines.
Hi Fly leased two Airbus A340-300 (190, 202) aircraft with CFM56-5C4 engines from Nomura Babcock & Brown. The 1997-vintage aircraft were previously operated by Emirates Airline.
Hi Fly leased an Airbus A330-200 (296) aircraft with PW4168A engines from AWAS. The 1999-vintage aircraft was previously operated by Malaysia Airlines.
Iberia transferred an Airbus A319 (2843) aircraft with CFM56-5B5/P engines to Vueling. The 2006-vintage aircraft was operated by Iberia since new.
Laser purchased two Boeing MD-82 (49563, 49564) aircraft with JT8D-217C engines from Aviation Leasing. The 1988-vintage aircraft was last operated by American Airlines.
Mocambique Expresso leased an Embraer ERJ-145 (145266) aircraft with AE3007 engines from Régional of France. The 2000-vintage aircraft was operated by Régional since new.
Nasair wetleased two Airbus A320 (2540, 2596) aircraft with CFM56-5B4/P engines from Bulgaria Air. The 2005-vintage aircraft are on lease from CIT Aerospace.
PAL Airlines leased a Boeing 737-300 (28554) aircraft with CFM56-3C1 engines from Cara Capital 28554. The 1986-vintage aircraft was last operated by AeroSur.
Punto Azul (Equatorial Guinea) leased an Embraer 145MP (145244) aircraft with AE3007-A/1 engines from ECC Leasing. The 2000-vintage aircraft was previously operated Passaredo Transportes Aereos.
TNT Airways leased a Boeing 737-300SF (29108) aircraft with CFM56-3C1 engines from GECAS. The 1997-vintage aircraft was previously operated by Bluebird Cargo.
Travel Service agreed to lease a Boeing 737-800 (33833) aircraft with CFM56-7B27 engines from Macquarie AirFinance. The 2005-vintage aircraft was previously operated by Austrian.
Regent Airways agreed to lease a Boeing 737-700 (30714) aircraft with CFM56-7B20 engines from ILFC. The 2007-vintage aircraft was previously operated by Air Berlin.
SkyWest Airlines purchased a Bombardier CRJ100ER (7285) aircraft with CF34-3A1 engines from Delta Airlines. The 1999-vintage aircraft was previously operated by Comair.
UT Air Ukraine leased a Boeing 737-800 (28226) aircraft with CFM56-7B26 engines from Castle 2003-1 Ireland (ILFC). The 1998-vintage aircraft was previously operated by XL Airways Germany.