Malaysia Airlines joins A380 club

What an honour to begin this blog with my maiden post on the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) takes delivery of its first out of 6 fleets of the Airbus 380. The flight left Toulouse, France on 29th May 2012 after Airbus Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Brégier hands over Mike November Alpha (9M-MNA) to Malaysia Airlines’ Group Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.

The ‘big bird’ landed in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia at approximately 3:45 p.m. (local time) in the afternoon on 30th May 2012. Its maiden commercial flight out of Kuala Lumpur will be to Heathrow International Airport in London (non-stop) on 1st July 2012 on MH002 and from London back to Kuala Lumpur (non-stop) on MH003.

Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, the aircraft feature a three-class layout, with accommodation for a total of 494 passengers. The A380 includes fully flat beds in First and Business Class, plus new wider seats in Economy. Seats in all classes are equipped with the latest individual in-flight entertainment systems, USB ports and satellite telephone facilities.

“The A380 showcases our latest premium offering in products and services. This will be our flagship aircraft, offering new levels of comfort, luxury and convenience for long haul travel,” said Ahmad Jauhari. “With the A380 in our fleet, MAS will reinforce its position as one of the world’s preferred premium carriers, bringing great Malaysian hospitality to our customers.”

Something very interesting that Malaysia Airlines has came up with last year is that there will be “KID-FREE-ZONE” or strictly no infants in the First Class and the Economy (Upper Deck) class. All children under the age of 12 – including infants – will be banned from this cabin unless the downstairs economy section is completely full. The move is aimed at ensuring a more restful and enjoyable trip for business travellers who have to fly in economy.

Malaysia Airlines is the eight airline to join the A380 club after Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates, Korean Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Air France, Lufthansa. Welcome to the club, Malaysia Airlines.

Courtesy of Malaysia Airlines
First Class
  • Located in main deck with 1‐2‐1 seat formation.
  • Total of 8 seats with enclosed monument (4 individual seats and 2 double seats).
  • Seat pitch of 89 inches and bed width of 40 inches.
  • Full flat bed length of 87 inches.
  • Individual 23-inch IFE screen, shell mounted, largest in Malaysia Airlines fleet with wide-screen aspect ratio of 16:9.
  • Each seat comes with its personal closet and stowage for coat, luggage, laptop and personal belongings.
  • Equipped with 115VAC PED power supply and USB port.
  • Upholstered with fabric and leather trimming, suite lining made of suede and fabric.
  • Granite cocktail table.

Business Class
  • Located in upper deck with 2‐2‐2 seat formation.
  • Total of 66 seats (33 double assembly), with seat pitch of 74 inches.
  • Full flat-bed length of about 72 inches.
  • Equipped with 115VAC PED power supply and USB port.
  • Individual 17-inch IFE screen, seatback mounted, largest in Malaysia Airlines Business Class with wide-screen aspect ratio of 16:9.
  • Personal items stowage available on each seat.
  • Upholstered with fabric and leather trimming on headrest and armrest.
  • Suite lining made of suede and fabric.

Economy Class
  • Lightweight and slim design.
  • Total of 420 seats with individual 10.6-in IFE wide screen seatback mounted.
  • Seat formation of 2‐4‐2 on Upper Deck and 3‐4‐3 on Main Deck.
  • Recline of 6 inches, with 32-inch pitch and 18-inch in‐seat width.
  • Equipped with 115VAC PED power supply and USB port.
  • Upholstered with fabric and leather trimming in 3 colours.
  • Seat features forward articulation recline, 4‐way headrest and composite seatback.
  • Seat overall made of Botany fabric in 3 colour range – red, maroon and purple, with dotted accents, leather trimming on headrest and armrest.