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Malaysia Airlines to increase its capacity on flights between Kuala Lumpur and London

Malaysia Airlines is increasing its capacity on flights that utilise the Airbus A380 on the Kuala Lumpur-London return route effective 24th November 2012. The increase will be equivalent to 16%. The increased capacity will be introduced once the national carrier receives another two of the six A380s at the end of this month.

The group chief executive officer of Malaysia Airlines Encik Ahmad Jauhari said, “Ever since our A380 operations on the Kuala Lumpur-London route from 1 July this year, the customer response has been overwhelming.

“The introduction of our latest 5-Star product standards on the A380 was also complemented by Skytrax, UK renewing our 5-Star Airline status.

“This momentum of 5-Star quality service delivery across all our customer touch points has been well received and comes at a time of great change as we embark on a series of improvements to repositioning ourselves as a premium carrier.

“Encouraged by the success of our current daily A380 operations on this route, we have decided to replace the existing B747 daily flights with the A380 to make it double daily on the superjumbo.

“This initiative is also our efforts to standardize our product offering on this popular route for oneworld customers when we join the alliance by early next year,” he added.

The national carrier will also begin daily A380 operations for Kuala Lumpur-Paris-Kuala Lumpur from the 1st March 2013 which will replace the current B777 daily services on this route.

With the deployment of the A380 on two of the popular European routes, the national carrier will be able offer the latest premium products and services to travellers and this customer proposition is also certain to increase tourist arrivals into Malaysia next year, which coincides with Visit Malaysia year 2013.

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Etihad increases London to Abu Dhabi capacity

Visit Car Hire Assistant for a Quote!Etihad Airways has added 13 per cent of seat capacity to its ‘blue-ribbon’ London Heathrow-Abu Dhabi route with the delivery of its first three class Boeing 777-300ER.

The aircraft will predominantly operate the airline’s 9:15 flight from Heathrow, one of three daily flights operated by Etihad Airways, to its home base in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.

The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is configured with eight first class suites, 40 business lie-flat beds, and 282 seats in economy.

Etihad Airways will take delivery of seven more Boeing 777-300ERs in the next 18 months, taking the total number of passenger 777s to 18.

Etihad Airways will continue to operate its two other daily flights to London with three-class Airbus A340-600s which have a 12 first class, 32 business class and 248 economy configuration.

Also, Etihad Airways has started to fly six-flights-a-week from Abu Dhabi to the Nigerian city of Lagos.

To celebrate the new service, and Nigeria’s love of football, Etihad Airways operated its iconic sky-blue A330-200 aircraft, painted in English Premier League champions Manchester City FC’s famous colours, for the launch flight.

All flights will be operated by an A330-200 aircraft, configured to carry 22 passengers in business class and 240 passengers in economy class.

Etihad Airways is considered the World’s Leading Airline by the World Travel Awards.

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Posted by on 09/07/2012 in Air Travel


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Malaysia Airlines launches A380 route to London Heathrow

Visit Car Hire Assistant for a Quote!Malaysia Airlines has celebrated the launch of its first Airbus A380 service between KL International Airport (KLIA), Malaysia and London Heathrow, joining the elite league of airlines to fly the world’s largest and most eco-efficient airliner.

The A380 painted in its full celebration livery arrived into London Heathrow from KLIA as flight MH002 early this morning.

Malaysia Airlines’ group chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya was joined by Malaysian dignitaries, the first A380 passengers and UK travel trade partners to celebrate the airline’s inaugural non-stop Airbus A380 flight from Heathrow to KLIA.

Speaking at the event, held in Malaysia Airlines’ newly refurbished Golden Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4 prior to the departure of flight MH003, Yahya highlighted the airline’s commitment to the London Heathrow – KLIA route.

“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, a route we have been operating from Kuala Lumpur since 1974.

“The A380 is our latest flagship aircraft offering new levels of comfort, luxury and convenience for long-haul travel and we look forward to delivering our great Malaysian Hospitality to our UK guests.”

Malaysia Airlines has introduced a number of unique enhancements onboard its first A380 including the widest seats of any First Class cabin in the sky at 40 inches.

The A380 has a capacity of 494 seats, comprising of 350 economy and eight fully-flat first-class seats on the main (lower) deck, and 66 fully-flat business-class and 70 economy seats on the upper deck, providing some of the most spacious cabins in the skies.

The new interiors have been designed by leading aviation design consultancy, Priestmangoode.

Malaysia Airlines preparation for the A380 and its forthcoming membership of the oneworld alliance, which it is set to join in the last quarter of 2012, has also included front and back of house upgrades on the ground at London Heathrow Terminal 4.

The flagship Golden Lounge at KL International Airport (KLIA) in Malaysia has also been refurbished and reopened last week in time for the A380 operations.

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