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Going technical: Malaysia Airlines operates a diversified fleet with different engine types and is building up its technical capabilities.

Malaysia Airlines operates a diversified fleet with different engine types and is building up its technical capabilities.

Kuala Lumpur- Few major carriers have as diverse a fleet as does Malaysia Airlines. The seven Boeing 747s that it operates comprise two Rolls-Royce-powered dash 200s, one dash 300 with Pratt & Whitney engines and three GE-powered dash 400s-three still to come will have GE engines, six others get Pratts. The fleet also includes six McDonnell Douglas DCs, 10four Airbus A300B4s, 27 leased 737s-15 dash 200s and 12 dash 400s-10 Fokker 50s and five Boeing de Havilland Twin Otters.

Technical support of this fleet is the responsibility of Reshman Singh, director of engineering, who has been with Malaysia Airlines since its formation in 1971, while another company veteran, DirectorFlight Operations Capt. Hassan Ahmad, is responsible for crewing the aircraft. Both report to Managing Director Tan Sri Dato' Haji Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman through Senior Operations Director Kamaruddin Ahmad.

Malaysia Airlines can perform airframe maintenance and overhaul on its entire fleet. For component overhaul and repair, the capability of the technical base at Kuala Lumpur Subang International Airport at the end of last year was as follows: 747, 30%; DC-10, 40%; A300, 60%, 737, 80%; F50 58% and Twin Otter, 10%. For power plants, capability is limited, although the Subang base's test cell can handle all engines in the fleet. Module maintenance is performed on the RB211s, the CF6-80s, the CF6-50s and the CFM 56s. Overhaul is restricted to RB21 1 modules 3, 4 and 6 and CF6-50 high-pressure turbines. …

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