To Paris with Malaysia Airlines' A380
National Carrier’s superjumbo takes off to the French capital
1 March 2013, Sepang: Malaysia Airlines set another milestone today with the launch of its Airbus A380 scheduled service between KL International Airport (KLIA) and Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Paris is the second city, after London, to be operated using the A380 in the national airline’s network. Effective today, Malaysia Airlines’ capacity on the daily route between Kuala Lumpur and Paris will increase by 75%, going from 282 seats from the previously operated B777 to 494 seats on the superjumbo.
In a simple yet meaningful inaugural flight event at the KLIA this evening graced by Malaysia Airlines’ Group Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, the superjumbo operating flight MH20 was given a ceremonious send-off minutes before midnight.
The full capacity A380 flight took off for the French capital, 31 years after its maiden flight operations between the two cities on 2 April 1982.
Speaking at the boarding gate before the flight, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said, “This is another significant development for us at Malaysia Airlines. The very encouraging load is a positive indication that the increase in capacity by 75% is indeed needed. Booking trends for March 2013 shows a positive hike by 87% for Kuala Lumpur - Paris route and a stunning 123% growth for Paris - Kuala Lumpur route as compared to bookings in March 2012. I believe that our membership in the oneworld alliance from 1 February 2013 will also contribute to this positive development".
The A380 offers the highest standards of comfort, luxury and amenities on long-haul routes, allowing Malaysia Airlines to strengthen its position as a major premium carrier, hosting its clients according to the famous Malaysian Hospitality.
To create a gastronomic delight for its customers, Malaysia Airlines is having three master-chefs, Chef Ian Hall Mckenzie, Chef Zahiddin Dris and Chef Michel Quissac, onboard the inaugural flight to serve First and Business class guests who booked their meals through the ‘Chef-on-Call’ service. Chef Michel Quissac has also been engaged in a special collaboration to revamp the menu on the A380 out of Paris. As a special treat, Malaysia Airlines has also prepared the famous French macaroons desserts for all guests on board the inaugural flight.
Malaysia Airlines has ordered six A380 aircraft and is the 8th airline worldwide to operate the biggest and most eco-efficient aircraft.
The 5th A380 aircraft was delivered to the airline on 22 February. The 6th A380 is expected to be delivered in mid-March and will be the 100th superjumbo coming out of the Airbus production plant in Toulouse, France.
Customers can book their travel on Malaysia Airlines through all distribution channels mainly www.malaysiaairlines.com, Malaysia Airlines 24 hours toll free number 1 300 88 3000, MHBuddy in Malaysia Airlines Facebook, MHmobile, Malaysia Airlines ticket offices and appointed agents throughout Malaysia. More information about the MASholidays packages are available at http://holiday.malaysiaairlines.com or at MASholidays telephone number +603-7863 4000 (during normal daily working hours only).
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