Malaysia Airlines today revealed the design and specifications of the new flagship Aircraft, the Airbus A380.
Entering into service from July 1, 2012 the A380 marks the commencement of the over-haul that Malaysia Airlines has undertaken after a taste of its fairshare of low-points. In the wake of recent lacklustre and declining quality of services and the rise of competitors, MAS has announced its decision to change the tune.
Malaysia Airlines' Group Chief Executive Officer, Encik Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said, 'We are the first to introduce the A380 into service using a uniquely refreshed look and feel, instead of the regular corporate identity, to showcase our latest premium offering in products and services. This will be our flagship aircraft to launch our exciting new levels of comfort, luxury and convenience in long haul travel."
The usual traditional and classic theme will be replaced by a modern and contemporary feel and colours. The first Malaysian A380 aircraft's exterior was showcased in a new livery that retained the national airline's rich 'wau' heritage together with modern fonts in contemporary colours, demonstrating the national carrier's commitment towards using new avenues to deliver its renowned Malaysian Hospitality brand experience in fresh and exciting ways.
"At Malaysia Airlines, we continue to innovate and introduce new services for the benefit of our customers. The investment in this latest aircraft, its technology, futuristic style and innovative design in cabin comfort are our initiatives to ensure that our passengers continue to experience an exciting new level of comfort, luxury and convenience. This is the identity that will move us from Traditional Classic to Premium Contemporary in our efforts to position Malaysia Airlines as a Preferred Premium Carrier," added Ahmad Jauhari.
The A380 has a capacity of 494 seats in a three-class configuration comprising 8 First Class seats and 350 Economy Class seats on the main deck, together with 66 Business Class seats and 70 economy Class seats on the upper deck.
The A380 will undertake her maiden voyage on July 1, 2012 from Kuala Lumpur to London and will operate on the route 3 times a week. The second A380 will also be introduced on this route from end-August 2012 to offer double daily operations while the third will be used for Kuala Lumpur-Sydney flights.
A total of six A 380 carriers will be added to the Malaysia Airline's fleet with the final delivery in February 2013.