Malaysia Airlines launched its inaugural Airbus A350 from London Heathrow at 9.30pm yesterday evening, arriving in Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6.30pm (all times local).
To celebrate the launch of the inaugural flight, the airline hosted a reception for trade partners and key stakeholders including representatives from Khazanah, Malaysian High Commission, Malaysia Tourism Board, Airbus, Liverpool Football Club, ASC and Heathrow among others, at its Golden Lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 4.
Commenting on the inaugural flight, Izham Ismail (main picture), said: “We boast one of the most modern fleets in Asia and are delighted to have the A350 now operating on our London route. The aircraft has been especially designed for long-haul routes, and will offer our customers a superior travel experience with enhanced levels of comfort, privacy and functionality.”
The Malaysia Airlines A350 is configured in a three-class layout, with four new First Class seats, 31 Business Class seats, and 251 Economy Class seats. The A350s will gradually replace the airline’s A380s serving the London route by March 2018.
It is the most spacious aircraft in the airline’s fleet with added leg room and extra wide cabins featuring superior air quality, a quieter environment and intelligent mood lighting. The A350 offers the latest in aircraft innovation with superior connectivity thanks to onboard WIFI and upgraded in-flight entertainment, featuring the latest blockbuster films displayed on HD screens.
Adrian Keating, Malaysia Airlines’ regional manager for the UK, Ireland, Europe & North America, said: “We would like to thank all our key partners, who are vital to Malaysia Airlines’ success, for being part of this momentous occasion. Whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, the A350 can accommodate all your needs. Experience Malaysia’s warmth and hospitality coupled with the comforts of home as soon as you step on board. The A350’s new features will ensure you relax in style at 44,000 feet.”
Malaysia Airlines operates between Kuala Lumpur and London twice daily.