16 APRIL 2012
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In its build up to the introduction of the A380 on the London – Kuala Lumpur route, due now 1 July and initially operating three times per week according to OAG, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has confirmed it is to ban children from the top deck. The airline will impose a minimum age limit of 12 years for passengers sitting upstairs, where there are 66 Business Class seats and 70 in Economy. Child-free areas will be added on flights to Sydney from September. Quite what happens to Business Class passengers with fully paid for youngsters remains to be seen. The lower deck is configured with eight First Class seats and 350 Economy.
MAS said the decision followed numerous complaints from passengers about noisy children. Other airlines will be watching the response with interest.
MAS is keeping under wraps more details of its A380 in what is a fiercely competitive market to operate the best A380. With a 13-hour plus sector it is one of the longest flights' on the giant Airbus out of Heathrow. www.malaysiaairlines.com
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