IN BRIEF | Malaysia Airlines is now operating its latest Airbus A330-300 jets on all routes between Australia and Kuala Lumpur.
The culmination of dual fleet and network overhauls for MAS has seen the airline remove both the Boeing 747 and 777 from Australian operations in favour of standardising on the Airbus A330 and A380 superjumbo for its longest flights.
From this week, both the afternoon MH122 and evening MH140 services out of Sydney run on an A330, the same plane as used on flights between KL and Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
These include angled lie-flat seats in business class, on-demand entertainment, adjustable headrests, AC sockets for charging your laptop and USB ports for topping up your tablet or smartphone.
MAS' A330 business class offers 36 Recaro seats with a spacious 60-inch seat pitch which transforms into a lie-flat seat at a 12 degree sleeping angle, and travellers can take advantage of the 'Chef on Call' service to pre-order their meal from a wider range of dishes than the standard inflight menu.
However, the airline has also tweaked its timetable "to provide better connectivity for our customers traveling beyond Kuala Lumpur".
Some flights now run at different times, while some non-daily services have changed their days of operation – travellers are advised to check with their booking agent or Malaysia Airlines.
"The Australia/New Zealand segment of our network remains an important market for our operations, especially for the connectivity it provides on the Kangaroo route to and from Europe" suggests Shihaj Abdulla Kutty, MAS' Head of Network & Revenue Management.
"For guests travelling long-haul from Australia and onwards to London and Paris, they will essentially be travelling on the new A330s out of Australia and connecting to the new A380 at Kuala Lumpur all the way to Europe."
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