Malaysia Airlines has taken delivery of its
first Airbus A350-900, becoming
the 17th airline to operate the world’s newest twin engine widebody
The aircraft is the first of six Airbus A350-900s for
Malaysia Airlines, all of which are being leased from Air Lease
Malaysia Airlines will initially deploy the
aircraft on flights within Asia. Then, from the first quarter of 2018,
the A350 will fly on the airline’s premier long haul service from
Kuala Lumpur to London.
Malaysia Airlines is the first carrier to offer
a First Class cabin in the A350-900. The aircraft is configured in
a three class cabin layout with a total of 286 seats. This
comprises four in First Class, 35 in Business, featuring
convertible seats to fully flat beds and 247 in Economy.
Malaysia Airlines already operates 24 Airbus
aircraft including six A380s, 15 A330-300s and three A330-200Fs on
its regional routes and long haul services.
Malaysia Airlines CEO, Captain Izham Ismail, said,
“We are very excited to welcome this new addition to our family.
With its technological advancements the A350-900 is an important
milestone for us on this journey, helping boost our
competitiveness on our long haul flights. The addition of the
A350-900 also underlines our commitment to operate a young and
The A350 XWB benefits from the latest
aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new
fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines.
John Plueger, CEO and
President of Air Lease Corporation, said, “Our first A350-900
represents a milestone for ALC, and for Malaysia Airlines. We are
very confident that the A350-900 will deliver outstanding
performance, efficiency, and economics for our airline customers.”
To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 858 firm
orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide, already
making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.
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