Malaysia Airlines will bring back their Queen of the Skies again due to a shortage of planes capable of flying nonstop to Europe. Their current fleet dedicated to Europe consists of 4 A380s, which all serve their Kuala Lumpur – London/Heathrow route. After retiring their 777s and dedicating the 2 other A380s for pilgrim charter flights to Saudi Arabia, extra fleet capacity in the airline is tight. When their A380 enters maintenance next month, the 747 will take over as the 4th long haul aircraft.
A picture from www.chinaaviationdaily.com reveals that the 747 is being repainted with a special Malaysia Airlines “retro” livery. Image copyright: M. Sofian