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7JetSet7 Code: MKO
Status: Operational
Region: ORIENT
Employees 27
Web: maskargo.com
Email: media@mas.com.my
Telephone: +603 8525 1629
Fax: +603 8525 3043

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Formed and started operations in 1972. International, scheduled & charter, cargo, jet airplane services.

Advanced Cargo Center
BangUnan MAS
Kuala Lumpur 50250, Malaysia


October 2002: 3 747-236F's (23711; 24088), Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) 3-year wet-leased for MASKARGO. To fly to the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

May 2003: 2002 TOP 25 WORLD FREIGHT CARRIERS - Billion - (FTK)
1 (FED) 13.20; 2 (LUB) 7.16; 3 (UPS) 6.62; 4 (KAL) 6.25; 5 (SIA) 6.08; 6 (AFA) 4.87; 7 (CAT) 4.85; 8 (CHI) 4.60; 9 (JAL) 4.39; 10 (CLX) 4.16; 11 (BAB) 4.12; 12 (KLM) 3.99; 13 (EVA) 3.28; 14 (NWA) 3.24; 15 (AAL) 2.93; 16 (UAL) 2.79; 17 (AAR) 2.75; 18 (NCA) 2.21; 19 (POA) 1.97; 20 (EAD) 1.96; 21 (MAS)/(MKO) 1.92; 22 (BEJ) 1.88; 23 (TII) 1.824; 24 (DAL) 1.823; 25 (ACN) 1.58.

December 2003: MASkargo, Kuala Lumpur to Basel to Manchester.

February 2004: MASkargo, Kuala Lumpur to Dubai to Manchester to EuroAirport (Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg) to Dubai to Kuala Lumpur (747-200F). In March 2004, resumes Sydney to Kuala Lumpur to Dubai to Manchester to Basel/Mulhouse to Dubai to Kuala Lumpur to Sydney.

April 2004: MASkargo (http://www.maskargo.com & media@mas.com.my) plans to expand its cargo capacity by +30% with the addition of new routes including Bangalore, Bangkok, Basel, Beijing, Beirut, Manchester, and Milan.

January 2005: 2004 = +19.7% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.

June 2005: MASKargo (MKO) is the cargo division of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) operating freighters and marketing belly capacity on passenger services.

September 2005: Boeing (TBC) is moving closer to the launch of the 747-400ADV with the announced sale of 4 747-400Fs to Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA). According to insiders at (TBC), the next delivery slots are 747-400 airplanes. This year, (TBC) has sold 24 747-400s and now has a backlog of 30 net of 5 cancellations logged in 2005.

Cargolux (CLX) has announced its intention to order 10/20 747-400ADV freighters. Other carriers identified with the program are China Airlines (CHI), Malaysia Airlines (MAS)/(MKO), Japan Airlines (JAL), Singapore Airlines (SIA), and British Airways (BAB).

March 2006: MASkargo (MKO), Malaysia Airlines (MAS)'s cargo operation, took delivery of its firm 747-4H6F (28434, 9M-MPR) freighter. It will receive a 2nd later this year.

747-4H6F (28434, 9M-MPR), delivery.

May 2006: 747-4H6F (29902, 9M-MPS), delivery.

June 2006: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) air freight unit, Malaysia Airlines Cargo (MASkargo) (MKO), is in talks with airplane leasing companies to lease up to 2 A300Fs for use on regional routes.

"We need that airplane range to serve destinations in China, Vietnam, India, Japan and Taiwan." We have begun talks with several airplane lessors, and now the question is whether we can secure the airplanes and for the right price," (MKO) Senior General Manager (Cargo), Datuk Ong Jyh Jong told "Business Times." "However, we have to make a decision pretty soon if we are going to capitalize on the peak period for air cargo in the 2nd half of this year," he added.

The 2 A300Fs are to be wet-leased to avoid the need to dedicate a pool of pilots (FC) and mechanics (MT) to this airplane type. Under wet-lease, an airplane is leased with cockpit and/or cabin crew. Currently, the cargo unit operates a fleet of Boeing (TBC) airplanes, consisting of 2 owned 747-400Fs and 5 leased 747-200Fs.

February 2007: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) reported a net loss of -MYR136 million/-$39 million for full-year 2006, improved over a loss of -MYR1.7 billion the prior year.

"The improvement is the result of a considerable increase in revenue due to major improvements in passenger and cargo yields, network restructuring, improvement in productivity and cost savings," the airline said in a statement. (MAS) said it would have earned a net profit of +MRY676 million if fuel costs and airplane lease rates had remained constant. Passenger revenue was up +10% to MYR9.3 billion from MYR8.5 billion the previous year. Yield increased +21% to MYR0.24 as (RASK) grew +17% to MYR0.17.

The airline reported a net profit of +MYR121 million for the 4th quarter, reversed from a net loss of -MRY611 million in the year-ago quarter. Managing Director & (CEO) Idris Jala credited the "single-mindedness" of the company's Business Turnaround Plan (BTP) unveiled last February with improving its earnings toward the end of the year. "We have exceeded all our (BTP) financial targets," he said, but warned that the carrier "cannot afford to be complacent. We are not out of the woods yet."

MASkargo (MKO), the company's airfreight division, was a bright spot. Its full-year revenue increased +8% to MYR2.5 billion and net earnings were +MYR150 million, a record cargo profit for the airline.

September 2008: A300-600RF (755, TF-ELW), Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) wet-leased.

November 2008: SEE ATTACHED - - "MKO-2007-TOP-WLD-CARGO."

September 2009: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will add a 6th weekly, Kuala Lumpur (KUL) - Incheon frequency and a 13th weekly, (KUL) to Taipei flight on September 17. Senior General Manager Network & Revenue Management Amin Khan said, "We believe that this is the beginning of air travel recovery and we are starting to see more leisure travel and we expect business travel to pick up as well." Its cargo subsidiary, MASkargo (MKO), launched a weekly, Kuala Lumpur to Senai to Tokyo Narita flight aboard a 747-400F.

November 2009: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) returned to the red in the 3rd quarter, reporting a -MYR298.9 million/-$88.2 million loss that represented a reversal from the restated +MYR38.6 million surplus earned in the year-ago period and its 2nd deficit in 3 quarters this year. A precipitous -26.8% year-over-year plunge in operating revenue to MYR2.89 billion, plus a -MYR202.1 million loss on fuel hedges, proved too much for (MAS) to overcome. Nevertheless, Managing Director & (CEO) Azmil Zahruddin said that "fuel prices are on an upward trend [and] hedging is the right policy as fuel prices remain volatile." He added that (MAS) is "seeing some signs of recovery. Our strategy [is to] continue to strengthen our domestic and (ASEAN) operations and position ourselves for the recovery and growth of the long-haul sector" while offering "competitive and compelling fares." Domestic capacity is set to rise +10% during the current quarter and forward bookings "are looking good," he said.

3rd-quarter operating costs fell -25.5% to MYR3.03 billion and the operating loss of -MYR73.3 million compared to a +MYR44.3 million profit in the 2008 3rd quarter. (MAS) carried 3.3 million passengers during the period and load factor was 76.7% LF. The airline operation suffered a -MYR35.7 million loss, (MKO) cargo a -MYR36.9 million loss and the company's catering arm was +MYR1.1 million in the black.

February 2010: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) reported 2009 net income of +MYR493.1 million/+$147.5 million, double the +MYR245.7 million profit earned in 2008, as a strong 4th quarter enabled it to overcome an uneven year in which it was in the red in the 1st and 3rd quarters.

(MAS) said its full-year profitability was attributable primarily to mark-to-market fuel hedge gains of +MYR1.15 billion. For its 4th-quarter result, (MAS) credited "aggressive domestic and global sales campaigns coupled with the seasonal peak travel season" for a +12% increase in passengers carried to 3.4 million, its highest quarterly total since the 2008 1st quarter. It also pointed to lower fuel costs and "a rebound in the cargo business, which saw MASkargo (MKO)'s revenue increasing +7% [compared to the 2008 4th quarter] to MYR414 million."

4th-quarter profit was +MYR610.6 million, >13 times greater than a +MYR46.6 million profit in the year-ago period, helped by a +MYR581.7 million gain on fuel hedges.

Managing Director & (CEO) Azmil Zahruddin said 2010 will be spent "positioning ourselves to capture the growth" he projects is on tap in the Asia/Pacific region: "By 2013, an additional 217 million travelers are expected to take to the skies within Asia/Pacific." (MAS)'s growth will be achieved via "the modernization of our fleet and expanding our network." It will take delivery of 3 737-800s this year and in December, it announced plans to purchase 15 A330-300s for delivery in 2011 to 2016, with options for an additional 10.

It also has 6 A380s on order, with the 1st slated for delivery in August 2011. It said its "new fleet" in 2015 will comprise "up to" 17 ATR 72-500s, 55 737-800s, 25 A330-300s and 6 A380s, with much of its current fleet (13 747-400s, 17 777-200s, 11 A330-300s, 3 A330-200s and 37 737-400s) retired. (MAS) will move "from a 100% leased fleet to owning at least a 3rd of our airplanes," Azmil said.

"The A380 will serve key long-haul destinations such as London and Sydney, the A330 medium-haul markets, while the 737-800 will be used to strengthen the domestic and regional routes," (MAS) said. Azmil noted that the "feasibility" of adding destinations to its network to correspond with future airplane deliveries is being assessed, promising "more details" on route expansion in the 2nd half of the year.

Revenue in 2009 decreased -24.8% to MYR11.31 billion, while expenses lowered -19.7% to MYR12.2 billion. (MAS) operating loss was -MYR628.3 million, reversed from an operating profit of +MYR305.5 million in 2008.

May 2010: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) posted a net profit of +MYR310 million/+$96.5 million for the 1st quarter, reversed from a net loss of -MYR694.8 million in the year-ago period, on a +21% rise in revenue to MYR3.3 billion that it attributed to "the economic recovery which boosted global travel."

Operating income, which included compensation for the delayed delivery of an A380, was +MYR290 million, reversed from an operating loss of -MYR137.9 million in the year-ago period. (MAS)'s traffic increased by +29% (RPK)s, "outperforming the Asia/Pacific's traffic growth of +12% as recorded by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines," (MAS) said. MASkargo (MKO)'s traffic jumped +31% and the airfreight unit's revenue increased +53% to MYR456 million.

Managing Director & (CEO) Azmil Zahruddin said, "It has been an encouraging quarter. Both the passenger and cargo business showed strong growth, boosted by the economic recovery and our swift response in capitalizing on the increase in demand. We have increased frequencies to key destinations, launched direct flights as well as introduced a new destination. We are also delighted to see the revival of the front end traffic with the return of business class passengers. We will continue to work on improving our yield."

He added that "fuel price volatility will be one of the industry's main challenges this year. Although fuel supply has remained constant, the speculators are back, driving the prices upwards." (MAS) said it is 60% hedged at $100/barrel for 2010 and 40% hedged at $100/barrel for 2011.

Southern Air (SOF) and Malaysia Airlines Cargo (MKO) signed a multiyear wet-lease agreement for 3 747Fs with crew, maintenance and insurance. MASkargo (MKO) also has the option to lease up to 5 airplanes.

August 2010: MASkargo (MKO) is considering converting 747-400 passenger airplanes from parent Malaysia Airlines (MAS) into freighters and is also in negotiations to firm up options for 2 more A330Fs. (MKO) has been relying primarily on 747-200Fs on wet-lease from USA carrier Southern Air (SOF), but (MKO) Managing Director Shahari Sulaiman said (MKO) recognizes it needs to move to newer airplanes. “We are looking at freighter conversions, and 1 of the options is to receive some of (MAS)’s 747-400s from the passenger fleet.” (MAS) plans to replace some of its 747-400s with 6 A380s it has on order, with 1st deliveries set for April 2012.

Shahari says valuations on 747-400 passenger airplanes are falling, especially in light of Japan Airlines (JAL)’S decision, announced in April, to retire its 36 747-400s by the end of March 2011. The cost of converting airplanes to freighters is expensive, but with 747 passenger airplanes becoming cheaper to buy, freighter conversions are becoming more appealing, says Shahari. He also says (MKO) is considering ordering new 777F freighters because this type has a good reputation in the market. (MKO) has 2 747-400Fs of its own and wet-leases 4 747-200Fs from Southern Air (SOF). A 5th 747-200 from Southern Air (SOF) is due to arrive this month, said Shahari. It also has 2 A330-200Fs on order, with options for +2 more. The 1st will be delivered in September next year and the 2nd in November, he said. He also said negotiations are underway to convert the options into firm orders. “What we are trying to do is move away from a simple model of having just one airplane type.”

On “some routes it is better to move to a smaller airplane and have more frequencies,” says Shahari, adding that the 747s will continue to serve long-haul routes that the A330s will take over (MKO)’s intra-Asian routes.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) (CEO) Azmil Zahruddin says (MKO) wants the 3rd and 4th A330F freighters delivered in the 1st half of 2012.

September 2010: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) firmed options for 2 A330-200Fs, doubling its order book for the A330-200F variant of the twin jet. The airplanes will be powered by Pratt & Whitney (PRW) (PW4000) engines and will be operated by Malaysia's cargo subsidiary, MASkargo (MKO).

"We are confident that the A330-200F is set to become a game changer in the mid-size freighter market," said (MKO) Managing Director Shahari Sulaiman. "The airplane will enable (MKO) to efficiently match capacity closely to demand on many medium lift sectors across our cargo network, and especially those operating via intra Asia."

February 2011: Ancra International has a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) contract for 4 firm Main Deck Cargo Loading Systems (MDCLS) for their 4 recently ordered A330-200F airplanes for MASkargo (MKO). Malaysia is now the 8th company to select the Ancra A330-200F (MDCLS).

September 2011: MASkargo (MKO) took delivery of its 1st A330-223F.

SEE PHOTO - - "MKO-2011-09-1ST A330-223F."

October 2011: MASkargo (MKO) starts flying a Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai to Karagandy (or Qaraghandy) (Kazakhstan) to Amsterdam route, between 1x- and 3x-weekly with a 747-400F or A330-200F,


November 2011: MASkargo (MKO) took delivery of its 2nd A330-200F at the Dubai Airshow. (MKO) has ordered 4 A330-200F airplanes to use across its international network.


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November 2018:

3 747-2D7F (CF6-45) (424-21784, N524MC), (TLS) WET-LEASED 1999-11, FOR MASKARGO (MKO) OPERATIONS.

2 747-236F (RB211-524D4) (502-22304, /81 9M-MHI "KUCHING;" 526-22442, /81 9M-MHJ "JOHOR BAHRU"), EX-(BAB), 22304 CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER 1995-10. MASKARGO (MKO) OPERATIONS.

3 747-236F (RB211-524D4) (23711; 24088), EX-(BAB), (AID) 3-YEAR WET-LEASED 2002-10.

1 747-4H6C (CF6-80C2B1F) (745-24405, /89 9M-MHM "PENANG"), FOR SALE. 1 LEASED TO PEACE AIR. 24F, 38C, 227Y/PLT.

2 747-4H6F (1371-28434, 9M-MPR, 2006-03; 1374-29902, 9M-MPS, 2006-05), FREIGHTER.

0 747-47UF (1165-29252), (TLS) WET-LSD 1999-11, FOR MASKARGO (MKO) OPERATIONS. RETURNED 2002-10.

0 767-316F (848-32573, N314LA), (LAN) WET-LEASED 2001-10, RETURNED.


2 ORDERS A300-600RF (PW4000) (755, TF-ELW, 2008-09), (AID) WET-LEASED.

2 +2 ORDERS (2011-10) A330-200F (PW4000) - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - MKO-A330-200F-2010-10" FOR (MKO) OPERATIONS, FREIGHTER:







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