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MAS is proceeding with plans to launch a pilgrim charter airline using its six-strong fleet of A380s. The name of the subsidiary is expected to be revealed in April/May.
Reported on atwonline.com the carrier’s CEO Peter Bellow says MAS has been in discussions with Airbus on reconfiguraing the A380 to provide an all-economy 720-seat layout.
Currently the most seats available on any commercial A380 service is the 615-seat two-class variant operated by Emirates.
MAS’ small fleet of A380s are (except for the occasional charter) rostered solely for its flagship Kuala Lumpur-London route.
The A380s are the only aircraft in the MAS fleet which are capable of flying non-stop to Europe.
MAS is set to acquire a number of smaller A350s at the end of this year. They will replace the A380s on the London route. But this is unlikely to happen until later in 2018.