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Malaysian Air in Talks to Offload A380s to Chinese Operators

  • Carrier could fit 90 extra seats to make jets more marketable
  • CEO targets new routes as he seeks to move on from crashes
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Malaysia Airlines Bhd. is in talks with carriers in China and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries about offloading its six Airbus Group SE A380 jets because the giant double-deckers are no longer needed in the fleet, according to Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew.

The company is also negotiating with Airbus to add 90 more seats to each of the 494-berth superjumbos to make them more attractive to second-hand users while retaining the ability to operate the aircraft in a two or three class configuration, Bellew, who took over on July 1, said in an interview Friday.