Malaysia Airlines will add two new A380 aircraft to its fleet by the end of next week in preparation for double daily A380 services between London Heathrow and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) from 24th November 2012. Malaysia Airlines’ third A380 arrived at KLIA yesterday from Toulouse and the fourth new aircraft will join the fleet on 23rd November 2012.
Malaysia Airlines will use these two 494-seater aircraft to commence daytime A380 flights from KLIA to London Heathrow starting from 24th November 2012. Flight MH4 will depart KLIA at 10.45 daily to arrive London Heathrow the same day at 16.15. Return flight MH1 departs London daily at 22.00 and arrives KLIA the next day at 18.20.
This daily service will complement Malaysia Airlines’ current daily A380 night service to the London, where MH2 departs KLIA at 23.45 and arrives in London at 05.25 the following day, with return flight MH3 departing London at 10.50 and arriving KLIA at 07.10 the next day.
Malaysia Airlines is the only carrier to offer direct non-stop services between the UK and Malaysia. With the introduction of the double daily A380 services, Malaysia Airlines will cease the 359-seater B747-400 flight operations between London and KLIA while improving weekly seat capacity by 37% in both directions of the route.
The A380 services will offer 6,916 seats weekly compared to 5,026 seats offered through the earlier double daily B747-400 operations, allowing more passengers to travel on the latest super jumbo aircraft. Malaysia Airlines is the eighth operator of this new aircraft and will receive its remaining two A380s by the first quarter of 2013.