MAS takes first A380

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 30, 2012
Malaysia Airlines becomes the eighth airline to operate the A380. (Airbus)

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380, becoming the eighth operator of the world’s largest commercial jetliner.

MAS said it would use the aircraft, the first of six A380s it has on order, for non-step services between London and Kuala Lumpur three times weekly starting in July. The aircraft is configured to seat 494 passengers across three classes and is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.

“The A380 showcases our latest premium offering in products and services. This will be our flagship aircraft, offering new levels of comfort, luxury and convenience for long haul travel,” said Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, MAS Group chief executive officer. “With the A380 in our fleet, MAS will reinforce its position as one of the world’s preferred premium carriers bringing great Malaysian Hospitality to our customers.”

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The A380 is also operated by Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Air France, Lufthansa, Korean Air and China Southern Airlines.

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