9 MAY 2011
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Heathrow is to gain Airbus A380 flights to Kuala Lumpur from next summer when Malaysia Airlines introduces the first of six aircraft on order. They will be configured uniquely in a four-class setup featuring eight individual First Class Suites with a two-seat dining arrangement on the main deck and 23” video screens; 54 Business Class flat bed seats will be on the upper deck in a 2+2+2 arrangement with 17” screens and a bar and split into two cabins, the front one with just 18 passengers; also on the upper deck is a 28-seat Super Economy Class.
Malaysia will offer 420 seats in Economy with 10.6” IFE screens, a 32” seat pitch with forward articulation reclining 6” and a width of 17.5”. The layout is 2+4+2 upstairs and 3+4+3 on the main deck. Assuming the low-level storage bins favoured by some A380 operators are fitted if you are booking early on a ML flight always go for the upper deck.
The delivery schedule calls for two aircraft in the second quarter (April to June); a further one in July, and an aircraft every other month from October through to February 2013. www.malaysiaairlines.com
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