Babies can no longer fly first class on Malaysia Airlines

Babies can no longer fly first class on Malaysia Airlines

Individuals who seek a peaceful travel experience may want to consider purchasing first class tickets on Malaysia Airlines, as the carrier has banned babies in its luxury cabins, the Australian Business Traveller reports.

For the airline, the decision to not allow these young passengers in the first class cabin was the result of negative customer feedback, according to the news source. Travelers who had purchased first class airfares had expressed frustration over buying premium tickets and not being able to sleep due to crying infants. Even though it is possible, the carrier also chose not to install bassinets in this part of their planes, but they are available in other sections, including business class.

Malaysia Airlines' outspoken chief executive officer, Tengku Azmil, engaged in a Twitter exchange with the Australian Business Traveller and tweeted, "we r (sic) planning to stick to our policy for now."

This decision will extend to the airline's new flagship Airbus A380, according to the news source. The aircraft will fly between Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia and Sydney, London and Amsterdam in 2012 and seat 508 passengers. Malaysia Airlines' super-jumbo jet will be second only to Lufthansa and Air France in terms of available seating onboard the A380.

The airline's Airbus is reconfigured to include eight first class and 54 business class seats, according to the news source. For premium ticket buyers, this represents a reduction in first class seats when compared to the carrrier's 747-400 aircraft, which seats 12 passengers. However, individuals who purchase business class tickets may be pleased to learn that the number of seats in this cabin have increased over the smaller plane's 37.

First class seats onboard the Airbus will include flat-bed suites and be located on the aircraft's lower deck, the news source reports.

Malaysia Airline's first class experience currently provides passengers with a variety of services and comforts, such as wide seats that come equipped with a quilted mattress, large pillows and an ottoman, according to the carrier's website.

In-flight entertainment includes a selection of hit movies and popular television programs, in addition to music and multi-player video games, the website states. Passengers can also use their entertainment controller to make calls to their friends and family back on the ground.

By Arnold Meyer

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