Malaysia Airlines has taken delivery of its
first A380, becoming the eighth operator of the world’s largest
Malaysia Airlines has ordered six A380s. Powered
by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, the aircraft feature a
three class layout, with accommodation for a total of 494
Malaysia Airlines’ A380 has a seat configuration
of 494 comprising 8 First Class and 350 Economy Class seats on the
main deck and 66 Business Class and 70 Economy Class seats on the
Seats in all classes are
equipped with the latest individual inflight 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 Yahya, MAS Group Chief Executive
Officer. “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.”
The national carrier will commence thrice weekly
commercial operations of the A380 on the Kuala Lumpur-London-Kuala
Lumpur route effective 1 July 2012.
Daily A380 operations on this route will
start from 25 August 2012 when the second aircraft joins the
national carrier’s fleet.
entering service in 2007, the A380 has exceeded all expectations,
flying more people further at lower cost, while significantly
reducing carbon emissions.
The spacious, quiet cabin and smooth
ride have also made the A380 a firm favourite with passengers,
resulting in higher load factors and increased profitability on
many of the routes where the aircraft is operated.
The A380 is
capable of flying 8,300 nautical miles or 15,300 kilometres. This
enables non-stop service with a full payload from Kuala Lumpur to
any destination in Europe or one-stop service to major
destinations in the US.
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