Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has taken delivery of its first A380, becoming the eighth operator of the world’s largest airliner.
The aircraft was handed over to MAS Group Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya by Airbus Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Brégier in Toulouse on May 29.
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 passengers.
Features of Malaysia Airlines’ A380 cabins include 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 Yahya. “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.”
“We are extremely proud to welcome Malaysia Airlines as the latest operator of the A380,” said Brégier. “The A380 has set new standards of comfort, fuel-efficiency and respect for the environment. The combination of these features and MAS’s world-famous in-flight service represents a winning formula, enabling the carrier to offer its passengers the best the industry has to offer.”
Typically seating 525 passengers in a three class layout, the Airbus 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 U.S.