MAS unveils A380 configuration and launch routes

8 Mar 2012

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has unveiled seat configurations for its Airbus A380, which is on track to enter service on July 1 this year.

The double-decker aircraft will consist of a total of 494 seats in three classes: eight first class seats and 350 economy class seats will occupy the main deck, while the upper deck will feature 66 business class seats and an additional 70 economy class seats.

Seats in the first class cabin, controversially known as the cabin with a baby ban (see story here), will have an 85-inch pitch, fully-flat beds measuring 87 inches and a 23-inch Inflight Entertainment screen. The pitch on this aircraft is significantly larger than the 80-inch pitch found in first class onboard the carrier's Boeing B747 aircraft.

The business class seats will have a 74-inch pitch, up from 58 inches on the B747, 72-inch flat bed and 17-inch IFE screens. The carrier’s “Chef-on-Call” facility, only available to first class passengers at present, will be extended to business class passengers onboard the A380.

As previously reported (see story here), the aircraft’s launch route will be the Kuala Lumpur-London service, three times a week. By the end of August, the carrier is scheduled to receive its second A380, which will also be deployed on flights to London in order  “to offer daily operations” with this aircraft, while the third A380 will be used on the Kuala Lumpur-Sydney route although it has not been revealed when exactly the third aircraft will be delivered.

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Alisha Haridasani

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