Osaka to get Malaysia Airlines first class

19 Apr 2018 by Craig Bright
Malaysia Airlines A350 first class

Passengers flying Malaysia Airlines’ daily Kuala Lumpur-Osaka service will soon be able to book first class seating when the route is taken over by the airline’s newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-900.

The new aircraft is set to replace the two-class A330-300 that Malaysia Airlines currently flies to Osaka on August 5, 2018, according to the airline’s current schedule.

Malaysia Airlines is the first airline to outfit the A350 with a first class cabin, which features four seats based on Thompson Aero Seating’s Vantage XL design. Seats are laid out in a 1-2-1 format.

The aircraft also has 35 seats in business class, featuring the same seat Vantage seat product as on its A330s. These are laid out in an alternating 1-2-1/1-2-2 formation, so travellers booking a business class K seat should be aware that only 2K and 5K are solo seats, while 3K and 6K are window seats with a neighbour.


Business Traveller reviewed the aircraft’s business class on its inaugural flight from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur earlier this year.

Economy class meanwhile has a total of 247 seats laid out in a 3-3-3 format, though there are three rows (12-15) of economy plus seats that offer extra legroom.

Malaysia Airlines flies once per day between Kuala Lumpur and Osaka, with flights to Osaka being overnight and the return leg a morning flight.

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
MH52 Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Osaka (KIX) 2210 0540+1 Daily
MH53 Osaka (KIX) Kuala Lumpur (KUL) 0955 1550

A total of six A350s will join Malaysia Airlines’ fleet, which the airline is leasing from Air Lease Corporation.

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