The presence of a Malaysia Airlines A380 at this week’s Farnborough Airshow is particularly appropriate – spotlighting the carrier’s service introduction with Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner between nearby London Heathrow Airport and its home city of Kuala Lumpur.
Participating at the Farnborough Airshow is Malaysia Airlines’ no. 2 A380, while its first-aircraft has been operating on revenue flights between the Malaysian capital city and London since 1 July. The carrier’s inaugural A380 trip occurred exactly 38 years to the day after its first ever flight between Kuala Lumpur and London on 1 July 1974.
Malaysia Airlines has ordered six A380s from Airbus: four of which are scheduled for delivery by the end of 2012, with the others to follow in 2013. The current Kuala Lumpur-London route will be supplemented by Kuala Lumpur-Sydney operations in late November. It also has announced the intention to fly A380s to Tokyo’s Narita Airport and/or Beijing as more of the Airbus jetliners are introduced.
Malaysia’s national carrier has marked several significant firsts with the A380s, including the introduction of an exclusive new livery on these aircraft, while debuting one of the widest first class seats among the jetliners’ current operators.
To date, eight carriers are flying A380s in worldwide scheduled service. In addition to Malaysia Airlines, they are: Air France, China Southern, Emirates, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines.