Orphaned Air Berlin A330s Already Find a New Home in Asia
Bankrupt Air Berlin's long-haul A330s are in the process of being repossessed, but as we learned this week, they won't be grounded for long.
With a fairly short six-year lease term, it's possible that these planes will fly for Malaysia with the same interiors they have today. Which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing — I enjoyed my recent business-class flight on Air Berlin, even though the seat was showing its age. The carrier referenced slightly different cabin specs, though, with 19 flat-bed seats in business class and 287 economy seats — so a tweaked arrangement may be more likely.
These six A330-200s will join Malaysia's existing fleet of six Airbus A380s, 15 A330-300s and 48 Boeing 737s, and will be used on some of the airline's medium-haul routes.