Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has released details on the cabin of its Airbus A380s that will play a crucial role in its turnaround plan.
The MAS A380 has a capacity of 494 seats in a three-class configuration comprising 8 First Class seats and 350 Economy Class seats on the main deck, together with 66 Business Class seats and 70 economy Class seats on the upper deck.
MAS has six of the aircraft on order, with the first due to start operating the Kuala Lumpur-London Heathrow route in July.
The First Class cabin has a seat pitch of 85 inches with 87 inch full flat bed seats and 23 inch inflight entertainment (IFE) screens whilst the Business Class cabin features a seat pitch of 74 inches and full flat bed seats each measuring 72 inches in length together with individual 17-inch IFE screens.
The Economy class seats with an 18-inch seat width and recline of 6 inches, have a seat pitch of 32 inches and IFE screens measuring 10.6 inches. In-seat laptop charging facilities are available on every seat in First and Business Class. In Economy, laptop charging facilities are shared by every 2 seats.
The aircraft is fitted with the Thales entertainment system, with fully customised Graphic User Interface specific for quick navigation and seat in all classes is equipped with USB port and satellite telephone facility.
The ‘Chef-on-Call’ facility, currently available to first class passengers of Malaysia Airlines, will also be available for business class passengers on the A380.
Earlier this week the first Thai Airways A380 took off for its maiden flight following completion of the airframe assembly and system tests in Toulouse, France. The aircraft landed in Hamburg, Germany, where it is entering the next phase of production, covering cabin installation and painting.
Thai will become the ninth operator of the A380 when it takes delivery of its first aircraft in the third quarter of 2012. The airline has firm orders for six A380s and will operate the aircraft on its premier routes from Bangkok to Europe.