Malaysia Airlines' new A350 aircraft debut flight to London
- A Monitor Report 09 Jul, 2018 | 2401 Views|-+
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Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) commenced its inaugural A350-900 service from KL to London with a send-off ceremony at the KL International Airport (KLIA) on July 9.
MAS will commence its new A350 XWB aircraft for Kuala Lumpur-London route starting July 16, said its chief commercial officer Arved Von Zur Muehlen.
"The A350 will start flying on scheduled basis to London, and we have been doing a lot of A350 flights around the region for the purpose of setting up and introduction to customers.
Muehlen added that the airlines has ordered six A350 and expected to receive all of them at the second half of this year.
All A350 will be replacing the A380 for London route, while the A380 will operate for the airline's "Project Amal" as chartered flights for the Umrah and Haj purposes.
"A380 is a very large aircraft, if we are looking at the size of market in Malaysia, it will be too much of capacity.
The new aircraft is powered by two-generation Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines with each providing 84,000lb of thrust at take-off.
He said the trent XWB is the most fuel efficient as it lowers down by 25 per cent fuel burn compared with previous generation and passes the engine emissions standards with a significant margin.
"The new aircraft also gives us the ability to fly to an extended range, our focus will be on using it for London as our key route, but still evaluating opportunities all the time for other destinations."
The latest addition to the Malaysia Airlines fleet, the A350 has a total capacity of 286 seats, comprising four in first class, 35 in business class and 247 in economy class.
The aircraft offers more spacious seats in the economy class, an all-new in-flight entertainment experience and in-flight connectivity.