KUALA LUMPUR: Airlines are in a tricky position to diversify their aircraft fleet as the Covid-19 pandemic has yet to show any sign of abating.

Former aviation development senior manager at Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) Rosida Ismail said diversifying aircraft fleet may impose higher operational expenditure for airlines as operators need to maintain a bigger or more in-depth maintenance and repair programme, especially if it is done in house.

“Re-fleeting to match demand and to avoid operating on an over-capacity basis would be good options for airlines theoretically, but it can only be viable until the recovery of market post-pandemic,” she told the New Straits Times (NST) recently. Read more