Malaysia Airlines Takes Delivery Of New A380 Super Jumbo With Record Size First Class Seats And No Children In The Upper Deck

June 5, 2012, Dallas, Texas - With only eight airlines operating the world's largest airliner, each carrier designs their A380 aircraft with varying amenities, configurations and premium perks. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will launch their first A380 on the non-stop Kuala Lumpur-London route July 2012 and on the Kuala Lumpur-Sydney Route in September 2012.

Just last month we were marveling at the Virgin Atlantic's new basketball player-sized flat beds, then along comes Malaysia Airlines to steal the spotlight with the delivery of their first A380 and the biggest seats in the sky. Long-time competitors of Singapore Airlines, MAS beats their neighboring rival by five inches to lay claim to the largest first class seats/beds in the air with seats measuring 40 inch wide seats and a pitch of 89 inches. Yes, a whopping 89 inch pitch.

Malaysia Airlines have configured their first of eight A380 aircraft with 494 seats, comprising of 350 economy and eight fully-flat first class seats on the main (lower) deck, and 66 fully-flat business class and 70 economy seats on the upper deck. Interesting , children are not permitted in the upper deck, which given how badly a lot of people in suits can behave when traveling, it just doesn't feel like a gracious, welcoming position for any airline to adopt.

At the very front of the plane on the main level is first class with a 1-2-1 configuration and eight of the widest flat beds in the sky, featuring 23 inch flat screen TVs, dedicated electrical outlets and a personal closet. Which might prove to be handy for stowing your child in if kids are banned from first class, in addition to the upper deck!

The business class cabin is located on the upper deck with 66 seats in a 2-2-2 layout. Seats have a 74 inch pitch and fold out to a fully flat bed with a 17 inch monitor. New for business class travelers on the new A380 is Malaysia Airlines' first class perk, Chef On Call which allows travelers to preorder from a substantial menu of gourmet meals. This innovative product previously was only available to first class passengers, but on the new flagship A380, it will be offered to business class passengers for the first time.

In a democratic move, seats in all three classes of service are equipped with individual in-flight entertainment systems, USB ports and satellite telephone facilities, not too shabby for folks in economy who also might need to get some work done during the flight.

MAS Group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the flagship aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, offers "new levels of comfort, luxury and convenience for long-haul travel." And Let's not forget about those five extra inches in first class, which for now, gives Malaysia Airlines bragging rights over all other A380 operators, but most especially, Singapore Airlines. 

By Mel Webster

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