Malaysia Airlines will sell first class on its daily Airbus A350 between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur, with the airline stepping away from previous plans to make the suites available as a no-cost upgrade to business class passengers holding Platinum-grade frequent flyer status.
The A350 currently features as flights MH122/MH123 through to March 30 2019, and contains a small first class cabin of four suites.
These suites are now available for sale beginning November 1 (for the MH122 flight from Sydney) at a slight premium above business class, and are expected to include a suitably 'first class' food and beverage component.
Not that Malaysia Airlines' A350 business class cabin is any slouch.
The 1-2-1 layout of 35 fully-flat bed seats even includes a handful of 'throne' seats.
Any unsold first class suites will continue to be available for business class passengers via the airline's MH-Upgrade 'auction' system.
However, a spokesman for Malaysian Airlines tells Australian Business Traveller that "if the business class cabin is oversold, Enrich Platinum / Oneworld Emerald (members) will be upgraded" into the first class cabin.
The airline had previously treated the suites as part of the A350's business class cabin and allowed its top-tier Enrich Platinum frequent flyers and their Oneworld Emerald equivalents, including Qantas Platinums, booked in business class to select one of the first class suites for the nine-hour flight.