Update 2 | Malaysia Airlines will introduce its brand new Airbus A380 onto the Sydney-Kuala Lumpur route later this year – click here for details of the layout and dashing new-look livery.
Update 1 | Sydney and Melbourne are on the shortlist for Malaysia Airlines' new Airbus A380 service from Kuala Lumpur starting next year, once the first flights from KL to London and Amsterdam are bedded down and MAS builds up what will eventually be a six-strong superjumbo fleet.
Speaking to Flightglobal's Ghim-Lay Yeo at the annual IATA aviation conference in Singapore, MAS managing director and CEO Azmil Zahruddin said that Sydney and Melbourne would be likely destinations for the A380 following the KL-London launch.
As Australian Business Traveller reported earlier today, Zahruddin also used the IATA conference to announce that MAS would join the oneworld alliance.
Previous | Business travellers connecting on Malaysia Airlines (MAS) from Australia to London and Amsterdam through Kuala Lumpur will be flying on the newest Airbus A380 next year.
MAS has six of the superjumbos on order. Airline industry magazine ATI quotes an airline spokesperson as saying the A380 will "primarily serve the Kuala Lumpur-London and Kuala Lumpur-Amsterdam routes," and that five of the six on order will be in service in 2012, with the final plane arriving in 2013.
The airline will join Qantas, Emirates, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines to become the fifth airline flying the A380 on all or part of the Kangaroo Route between Europe and Australia.
Malaysia's A380s will be packed with 508 seats, with eight in first class, 54 in business, 26 new Premium Economy seats -- a first for the airline -- and 420 in Economy.
Malaysia Airlines currently flies to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney from its Kuala Lumpur hub. Its newest Airbus A330 planes are on the Brisbane route.
The airline recently won praise from travel book writers Fodors for their premium lounges in KL airport.
A380s will replace the existing Boeing 747-400 flagship aircraft on the London and Amsterdam routes. But could MAS be the fourth airline to offer all-A380 flights from Australia to London?
Sydney is the other destination for Malaysia's 747s, which makes it an excellent candidate for the airline's A380s. Six planes is just enough for a daily return from KL to London, Amsterdam and one other city.
And if Malaysia Airlines ends up as Virgin Australia's new Asian partner, Virgin's feeder flights into Sydney from regional Australia could make an A380-load of passengers a reasonable option.
We'll keep you posted.
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Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.