Malaysia Airlines will debut its Airbus A350 aircraft on the London Heathrow-Kuala Lumpur International route this evening, with plans to replace the carrier’s A380 service between the two airports by March.

Business Traveller will be on the inaugural service, scheduled to depart at 2130, and will post a review on our website in due course.

The airline’s A350 is configured for three classes, with four new first class seats, 31 in business class, and 251 in economy. Features include onboard wifi, mood lighting, and “upgraded in-flight entertainment, featuring the latest blockbuster films displayed on HD screens”. The carrier took delivery of its first A350 in November.

MAS currently operates two daily flights between Heathrow and Kuala Lumpur – the other frequency will continue to be served by the A380 until a further two A350s are delivered to the carrier. As previously reported, two A350s are required to serve a single daily flights between the two destinations.

Commenting ahead of the flight launch and media event at the airline’s Heathrow T4 lounge, Malaysia Airlines’ CEO Izham Ismail, said:

“We boast one of the most modern fleets in Asia and are delighted to have the A350 now operating on our London route. The aircraft has been especially designed for long-haul routes, and will offer our customers a superior travel experience with enhanced levels of comfort, privacy and functionality.”