The first A380 for Malaysia Airlines (MAS) returned to Toulouse on May 9, 2012 following completion of interior furnishing and cabin system tests at the Airbus facility in Hamburg.
Malaysia Airlines’ first Airbus A380 is now stationed at the Airbus flight line at Toulouse for final system checks prior to the start of the customer acceptance process and delivery at the end of the month.
The national airline of Malaysia will become the eighth operator of the A380 and will begin commercial service the the superjumbo between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (IATA code KUL) and London Heathrow Airport (LHR) on July 1 this year.
Altogether, Malaysia Airlines has ordered six A380s and has specified a premium three-class layout for the aircraft, seating a total of 494 passengers.
The MAS A380 fleet will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.
Malaysia Airlines’ first A380 is currently painted with the base design of the carrier’s new livery.
Additional features of the livery developed specially for the MAS A380 will be applied post-delivery.