Orphaned Air Berlin A330s Already Find a New Home in Asia

Sep 28, 2017

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

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.

As reported by Aviation Week and confirmed by the carrier, Malaysia Airlines will take over the leases of six of the planes from owner AerCap, with delivery expected in February 2018.

These A330s already offer decent business-class seats.
These A330s already offer decent business-class seats.

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.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
Regular APR
16.24% - 23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.