Malaysia Airlines intends to use its A350’s (it has six on order) for the London route, which is a big capacity downgrade for the airline from the A380 but this is the intention.
That is to downgrade in order to achieve better yields with the A350’s, said onemileatatime.boardingarea.com.
Malaysia Airlines has just taken delivery of its first A350, and they’ve just revealed service start dates for the craft.
But according to Air-Journal.fr, the A350-900 will start operations on December 9, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok and Penang.
As per @airlineroute, Malaysia will begin operating the A350 on their two daily frequencies between Kuala Lumpur and London as of the following dates:
MH004/001 as of January 15, 2018
MH003/002 as of March 5, 2018
If they stick to that schedule, that means A380s won’t be operating scheduled flights anymore as of March 2018.
Malaysia’s A350s will feature a total of 286 seats, including four first class seats, 31 business class seats, and 251 economy class seats. Notably, Malaysia Airlines will be the first airline to offer a first class cabin on the A350.
Its first class will consist of a single row in a 1-2-1 configuration, and in the business class, they will have the same staggered configuration that they have on their A330s.
As a point of comparison, on the A380 Malaysia Airlines just had standard forward facing fully flat seats, so the new product is a nice improvement. it is used on the flight between Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.
A380 first class featured eight spacious but open suites in a 1-2-1 configuration.