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.
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.
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).
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.