Malaysia Airlines has launched its first Airbus A380 service between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and London Heathrow (LHR). Painted in full celebration livery, Flight MH002 arrived at LHR at 05:17 (scheduled 05:50) local time this morning (July 2) and departed for Malaysia as Flight MH003 at 12:00.
The inaugural flight was joined by the airline’s Group CEO Ahmad Jauhari yahya. Speaking at the carrier’s newly refurbished Golden Lounge at LHR’s Terminal 4, he said: “The A380 showcases our latest premium offering and it was imperative that the first of these new aircraft was inaugurated on the prestigious London route.”
Malaysia Airlines has added several features to the A380, including what it says are the widest First Class seats available at 40in (102cm). Business Class and First Class passengers can also enjoy the pre-ordered ‘Chef-On-Call’ service.
With interiors designed by aviation design consultancy Priestmangoode, the A380 has 494 seats, comprising 350 economy and eight fully-flat first class seats on the lower deck, and 66 fully-flat business class and 70 economy seats on the upper deck.
The A380 will initially serve the KLIA-LHR route with a thrice-weekly non-stop service, which will increase to daily from the end of August following delivery of the airline’s second superjet. A total of six A380s have been ordered.