Malaysia Airlines Launches Airbus A380 Operations

Malaysia Airlines became the latest operator of the Airbus A380 this week, with the commencement of flight services by the double-deck jet on its flagship Kuala Lumpur – London (Heathrow) route. Following a glittering send off ceremony attended by government officials, invited guests and airline executives, the aircraft took off for the British capital last night and arrived to a rousing welcome by airport and travel trade officials.


Configured in a 3-class layout, the jet boasts several features unique to Malaysia Airlines’ fleet. In First Class, the 8 semi-enclosed, full-flat seats are amongst the widest in the world at 40 inches, with a generous 87-inch seat pitch and 23-inch personal monitor. Declared a baby-free zone, the space serves as a quiet sanctuary complemented by the exclusive ‘Chef-on-Call’ service. Business Class on the upper deck gets a boost in the form of 66 new lie-flat seats, featuring a 74-inch seat pitch and 17-inch video screen, while 70 Economy Class seats are found aft in the child-free zone with the remaining 350 seats on the lower deck. All seats also feature USB connectivity and onboard power outlets.


Currently operating flight MH 002, the aircraft departs Kuala Lumpur on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2340 hrs and arriving in London at 0550 hrs the next morning. The return flight, MH 003, takes off from London (Heathrow) at 1200 hrs for a 0725 hrs arrival back at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.


Malaysia Airlines has 5 more A380s on order and will upgrade the Kuala Lumpur – London (Heathrow) route to daily operation with the aircraft in August 2012 as more aircraft join the fleet. In November 2012, the airline will deploy its A380s on the Kuala Lumpur – Sydney route, joining rivals Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines in offering the jet between Australia and the UK.


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