Malaysia Airlines’ new A350 aircraft to debut KL-London route next Monday

11-Jan-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Malaysia Airlines will commence its new A350 XWB aircraft for Kuala Lumpur-London route starting next Monday, said its chief commercial officer Arved Von Zur Muehlen.

“The A350 will start flying on scheduled basis to London, and we have been doing a lot of A350 flights around the region for the purpose of setting up and introduction to customers.

“Today, we flew to BKI (Kota Kinabalu) and grateful to get the support from the Sabah Tourism Board,” he said after arriving Kota Kinabalu International Airport here with the new A350 aircraft from Kuala Lumpur.

During the flight, there were 35 passengers on business class and 120 on economy class.

Among the entourage include Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun and Sabah Tourism Board chair Datuk Joniston Bangkuai.

He added there will be a welcoming dinner tonight which will enable Malaysia Airlines to show their latest products to potential customers.

Muehlen added that the airlines has ordered six A350 and expected to receive all of them at the second half of this year.

All A350 will be replacing the A380 for London route, while the A380 will operate for the airline’s “Project Amal” as chartered flights for the Umrah and Haj purposes.

“A380 is a very large aircraft, if we are looking at the size of market in Malaysia, it will be too much of capacity.

“We need to fill the aircraft everyday, as the route to London is highly competitive, we feel A350 is a better fit for our network,” he added.

The new aircraft is powered by two-generation Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines with each providing 84,000lb of thrust at take-off.

He said the trent XWB is the most fuel efficient as it lowers down by 25 per cent fuel burn compared with previous generation and passes the engine emissions standards with a significant margin.

“The new aircraft also gives us the ability to fly to an extended range, our focus will be on using it for London as our key route, but still evaluating opportunities all the time for other destinations.”


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