Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has officially added the A380 to its fleet. The aircraft was handed over to MAS Group Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya by Airbus Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Brégier in Toulouse, France.
“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.”
“We are extremely proud to welcome Malaysia Airlines as the latest operator of the A380,” said Fabrice Brégier, Chief Operating Officer, Airbus. “The A380 has set new standards of comfort, fuel-efficiency and respect for the environment. The combination of these features and MAS’s world-famous in-flight service represents a winning formula, enabling the carrier to offer its passengers the best the industry has to offer.”
Today’s delivery of the A380 to MAS marks the first of six orders from the Malaysian flag carrier. According to the airline, A380 will seat 525 passengers in a three class layout. With the A380’s capability of flying 8,300 nautical miles or 15,300 kilometers, MAS can now offer a non-stop service with a full payload from Kuala Lumpur to any destination in Europe or one-stop service to major destinations in the US.
MAS joins Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, Air France, Lufthansa, Korea Air and China Southern Airlines in the very short list of the A380 operators.