First Malaysia Airlines’ A380 Revealed in Full Special Livery – Very encouraging demand for seats on Malaysia Airlines A380 flights26 June 2012, Toulouse/France: The first A380 for Malaysia Airlines was unveiled today bearing its special celebration livery, ahead of entry-into-service on Sunday (1 July 2012) on the Kuala Lumpur-London route.
The livery was designed by Malaysia Airlines specifically for its new Airbus A380 flagship and was applied post-delivery by Airbus in Toulouse. Altogether Malaysia Airlines has ordered six A380s with a premium layout seating 494 passengers in three classes. This aircraft will be used to operate thrice weekly (Tuesday, Friday, Sunday) for Kuala Lumpur – London and the return flight departing the next day. The current overall booked load for the first seven A380 flights is very encouraging, with departures from Kuala Lumpur and London registering 89% and 87% seat factors respectively.
In particular, the first five flights out of Kuala Lumpur are fully booked for First class. Likewise for three of the seven flights out of London. The demand for Business class, which has a capacity of 64 seats per flight, is also very encouraging with one flight overbooked from London and another fully booked from Kuala Lumpur. Overall, the booked Business class load for the first seven flights in each direction is around 85% from Kuala Lumpur and 90% from London.
By August 2012, with the delivery of the second aircraft, Malaysia Airlines will operate daily Airbus A380 flights on this route.