KUALA LUMPUR: Amal is reckoned as a ‘sensible’ choice for Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) to use the four- engined A380’s superjumbo in its stable.
The initial plan for Amal, according to CAPA Centre for Aviation chief analyst and Southeast Asia chief representative Brendan Sobie was to have its own operator’s certificate and secure new investors.
New Straits Times (NST) quotes him as saying, with Amal having long-term ambitions to expand in other Asian markets, Umrah is a huge and fast growing market that is potentially suitable for some of the A380s that will need new homes next decade.
In his report released recently, Sobie said Amal was targeting the massive Indonesia-Saudi Arabia pilgrimage market by offering connections via Kuala Lumpur.
On another note, Amal has taken over the management and sales of A380 charters from Malaysia to Jeddah and Madinah in April 2019 and planning to double the number of block charter flights for the peak Umrah season.
Sobie said Amal’s wet leasing aircraft to foreign airlines would be a key component for its long-term strategy.
Source: News Straits Times