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Malaysia Airlines’ first A350 has arrived in Kuala Lumpur


Malaysia Airlines has become the first airline to offer a first-class cabin on Airbus’s A350-900 wide-body aircraft.

The Malaysian flag carrier took delivery of its first of six A350s from lease company Air Lease Corporatio­n, ahead of the aircraft’s deployment on its Kuala Lumpur-London Heathrow route on January 15.

A total of four first class seats are available in the three-class aircraft, alongside 35 business and 247 economy class seats. The first class seats use Thompson Aero Seating’s Vantage XL design, while business class features the same Vantage seating that appears in business class on the airline’s A330s.

“We are very excited to welcome this new addition to our family, ”says Izham Ismail, CEO at Malaysia Airlines. “With its technologi­cal advancemen­ts, the A350-900 is an important milestone for us on this journey, helping boost our competitiv­eness on our long-haul flights. The addition of the A350-900 also underlines our commitment to operate a young and modern fleet.”

Malaysia Airlines has deployed the aircraft on its regional routes, ahead of its long-haul debut on the carrier’s London route in January, which will kick off once the airline has its second A350 (the route requires two aircraft in order to operate at Malaysia Airlines’ current schedule). The carrier currently operates two daily flights on the route, both operated by A380s, with the second service due to get the aircraft in March.

Travellers looking to experience the aircraft before then can see the A350 on the following routes until January 14: Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok (MH782/MH783), Kuala Lumpur-Penang (MH1140/MH1145) and Kuala Lumpur-Singapore (MH613/MH616). malaysiaai­

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