Up close with Malaysia Airlines' new Airbus A330 business class seat

Up close with Malaysia Airlines' new Airbus A330 business class seat

Malaysia Airlines' long-awaited new Airbus A330 business class seat takes to the skies this week, and Australian Business Traveller is in Kuala Lumpur for an Australian exclusive first look.

At first glance, it's a significant step up from the current 'sloping sleepers' plying the airline's Australia-Kuala Lumpur routes, being fully-flat and extending to a spacious 193cm when in bed mode.

In a break from the existing 2-2-2 layout, the new seats come in an improved configuration with alternating pairs of one and two seats (1-2-1, 1-2-2), providing all but three passengers with uninterrupted and direct access to the aisle for a good night's sleep:

To make things simpler for travellers, two straightforward control panels replace the previous raft of 14 keys needed to adjust the seat to the perfect position, with shortcut keys for the most common tasks...

... and a larger panel for adjustments or a massage:

Also boosted is the inflight entertainment screen, with the content library now served up on a 16-inch HD monitor...

... and using headphone outlets that now aren't at risk of being bumped throughout the flight as happens with the current Malaysia Airlines A330 business class seat:

Of course, you'll also find an AC power outlet to complement the USB slot above, and ample legroom when sitting upright, lounging or dining:

Added to that is a coat hook – used mainly on landing as the crew hang jackets prior to departure – a side storage zone that can house your smartphone or small tablet during the flight...

... and extra storage around the seat for your other bits and pieces:

Malaysia Airines' new business class seats debut on Wednesday March 23 on flight MH141 to Sydney, and Australian Business Traveller will be on board to bring you the world's first inflight review.

MAS will continue by refitting two aircraft each month until September, after which all of Malaysia Airlines' international A330-300s will boast the new seats.

Also read: Inflight review of MAS' new business class seats, KL-Sydney

Chris Chamberlin is visiting Kuala Lumpur as a guest of Malaysia Airlines

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

13 comments

  • moa999

    moa999

    22 Mar, 2016 04:27 pm

    What is the base model of the seat, and do any other airlines use it??

    The decision to have a few seats only without direct aisle access does appear weird, but I guess they could use them for couples albeit they are still separated by the seat behind

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  • Alvin Tse

    074061

    22 Mar, 2016 06:14 pm

    It's the same style as, and probably the Thompson Aero Seating Vantage seat, used by Brussels, Austrian, Qantas and SAS, among others. While other airlines (such as Qantas) seem to have modified versions possibly from other companies, this model by Malaysia strikingly resembles Thompson's themselves.

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  • moa999

    moa999

    22 Mar, 2016 06:29 pm

    Thompson website confirms it as the Thompson Vantage model - also used by Swiss, Aer Lingus, JetBlue, Air Canada, Austrian and Brussels Air

    Qantas uses the larger Thompson Vantage XL model, along with SAS, which is why they are 2x2x2 in a 330

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  • kovsky

    kovsky

    22 Mar, 2016 06:58 pm

    Air Canada have this arrangement on 7 of their B773s and have been slated for it, so much so that they're in the process of replacing the seats after less than 3 years.

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  • smit0847

    smit0847

    22 Mar, 2016 04:37 pm

    I assume by doing 2 per month they are not refitting any Y seats?

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  • Suzanne Wu

    Suzanne Wu

    22 Mar, 2016 06:03 pm

    Y seats aren't being refitted , only the J ones. 

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  • eminere

    eminere

    23 Mar, 2016 09:36 am

    A small step on the road to recovery with MH, but an important step nonetheless.  These new seats look perfectly comfortable on which to enjoy their delicious satay!

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  • Derek Conway

    artcom

    23 Mar, 2016 12:41 pm

    Looking forward to MH141 this Friday 25th !!

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  • Derek Conway

    artcom

    30 Mar, 2016 08:01 am

    MH 141 last Friday - here are my comments - seat 6K

    1. A huge improvement overall - good storage and easy to operate controls - comfortable seat

    2. For me the 'throne' seat doesn't work to sleep as I found the leg space too restrictive - 7A next time

    3. Interesting to see 2 new rows of economy literally jammed into a tiny cabin in what used to be  the last row of previous business class seating

    Overall well done - as an MH plat I am happy with the improvement

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    23 Mar, 2016 08:32 pm

    A number of comments have been removed for failing to adhere to our comment policy, specifically the sections concerning personal attacks, adding value to the conversation and remaining on-topic. Further comments that also conflict with this policy will too be removed.

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  • KrisMarco

    KrisMarco

    24 Mar, 2016 02:05 pm

    The seat itself looks a little bit narrow. Some airlines seem to be going down the road of less seat and more hardware surrounding the seat. Having said that I am a minimal carry-on traveller so too much hardware is a waste to me.

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    1034932784

    24 Mar, 2016 04:38 pm

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    24 Mar, 2016 04:44 pm

    Hi there, and welcome to AusBT. Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with our comment policy, specifically:

    We do not censor comments based solely on a point of view but we will delete comments that we consider to be off-topic

    Your comment above was removed in line with this policy as it concerned seating in Malaysia Airlines economy, not the A330 business class seats which are the topic of this article.

    We always welcome readers to ask questions of interest to them, but if the question isn't directly relevant to the topic of an article, kindly post it in our dedicated Q&A section instead.

    Thanks and have a great long weekend. :)

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