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Malaysia Airlines A380: What you need to know

Published: 01/06/2013 - Filed under: News »

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Malaysia Airlines has six A380 aircraft on its roster after taking delivery of the 100th Airbus superjumbo in March.

The carrier is operating the double-decker on three routes from Kuala Lumpur - double daily to London Heathrow, and a daily service to Hong Kong and Paris Charles de Gaulle.

The aircraft has 494 seats in three classes - eight first class and 350 economy class seats occupy the main deck, while the upper deck features 66 business class seats and an additional 70 economy class seats.

Malaysia Airlines A380

First class is comprised of four individual seats and two double seats in a 1-2-1 formation. Each seat is 40 inches wide, has a pitch of 89 inches, and is convertible into an 87 inch-long flat bed.

Business class has 66 seats that all face forward and is arranged in a 2-2-2 formation. To read Tried and Tested reviews of business class, click here and here

Economy contains 420 seats in a formation of 3-4-3 on the main deck and 2-4-2 on the upper deck.

The carrier raised eyebrows in 2011, when it announced that it would not accept infants in first class cabins on its A380s.

It attributed the move to the cabins' configuration that being not equipped to accommodate bassinets (see online news, June 2011).

Malaysia Airlines A380

Malaysia Airlines A380

At the time, MAS chief executive Tengku Azmil observed that the airline received "many complaints from first class passengers who spend money on first class and can't sleep due to crying infants".

For a review of Malaysia Airline's inaugural A380 service from London Heathrow, click here.

Other airlines that currently operate the A380 are Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, Air France, Lufthansa, Korean Air, China Southern and Thai Airways.

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Graham Smith

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SoloTraveller - 01/06/2013 00:10

Are they able to fill up all the seats?

Biarritzsurf15 - 01/06/2013 04:51

The pictures in the article are of the old MAS livery and the 777 business product. The 380 product is completely different to that depicted in this article.

alberttky - 01/06/2013 07:27

The Business Class picture shown here does not correspond to what is actually on board MH's A380.

SiteAdministrator - 01/06/2013 08:03

Many thanks for your comments - I have updated the images.
Tom Otley

Edski777 - 01/06/2013 09:20


BA is not currently an Airbus A380 operator. A bit premature.

GrahamSmith - 03/06/2013 08:09

Thanks, Edski 777 - I was getting ahead of myself there. MAS also flies a daily, not double daily, A380 service to Hong Kong so I've amended this too.


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