Malaysia Airlines Receives its First Airbus A350-900

December 1, 2017

 Image courtesy of Malaysia Airlines. 


On November 29, 2017, Malaysia Airlines received its first of six Airbus A350-900 aircraft, registered 9M-MAB. This was the 159th A350 built. All of these aircraft will be leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC), an aircraft leasing company based in Los Angeles. As the 17th airline overall to take delivery of the brand-new Airbus A350, Malaysia Airlines is also the first airline in the world to offer a first class cabin on its A350s. These aircraft will be initially operated on regional routes out of Malaysia's base in Kuala Lumpur (KUL), and will be replacing the Airbus A380 on its Kuala Lumpur-London route. The A380s, from then on, will exclusively shuttle Malaysian Muslim Pilgrims to Saudi Arabia as part of the Hajj Pilgrimage every year. Many of these aircraft will also be moving onto the other European routes previously operated by the Boeing 777-200ER, which was retired after two aircraft, operating as MH370 and MH17, were lost in 2014. The A330s, the other widebody aircraft in Malaysia Airlines' fleet, does not have sufficient range to fly to Europe, and the remaining European routes (except for the flagship route to London) were canceled. 


Malaysia Airlines' Airbus A350 offers new cabin products across all three classes of service. First Class on the A350 will be composed of 4 Thomson Vantage XL seats, as reported by One Mile At A Time, which are the same seats used by Delta Air Lines on their A350's Business Class. Like Delta, these seats are modified to create a private suite.

Image courtesy of Malaysia Airlines. 


Next, the A350 offers 35 lie-flat business class in a staggered configuration, with seats alternating between 1-2-1 and 2-2-2. This means that some window seats will not have direct aisle access, however. This seats appear to be Thomson Vantage seats, which is the same as their current A330 business class. 


 Image courtesy of Australian Business Traveler. 


In Economy Class, you'll find 247 seats, including 3 rows of extra legroom seats, arranged in a standard 3-3-3 configuration. These seats appear to offer a larger in-flight entertainment screen, and have a fair amount of padding. In addition, a large movable headrest is included, maximizing the comfort level. 

Image courtesy of Malaysia Airlines. 


The brand-new Airbus A350 is a next-generation aircraft offered by Airbus that combines efficiency with comfort. It contains many aerodynamic enhancements, as well as highly efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Furthermore, from a passenger perspective, the A350 offers a larger and wider cabin, with high-capacity overhead bins, mood lighting, as well as an optional air filtration system that reduces cabin altitude and increases humidity, which Malaysia Airlines opted to install on their A350s.

Seat map courtesy of Malaysia Airlines. 


Have you booked Malaysia's A350 flights from Kuala Lumpur to London? 

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