MAS Launches A380 Scheduled Kuala Lumpur-Paris Service
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) set another milestone Friday with the launch of its Airbus A380 scheduled service between KL International Airport (KLIA) and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Paris is the second city, after London, to be operated using the A380 in the national airline’s network, MAS said in a statement. Effective Friday, MAS’ capacity on the daily route between Kuala Lumpur and Paris will increase by 75 per cent, going from 282 seats from the previously operated B777 to 494 seats on the superjumbo.
In a simple yet meaningful inaugural flight event at the KLIA this evening graced by MAS’ Group Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, the superjumbo operating flight MH20 was given a ceremonious send-off minutes before midnight. The full-capacity A380 flight took off for the French capital, 31 years after its maiden flight operations between the two cities on April 2, 1982.
Speaking at the boarding gate before the flight, Ahmad Jauhari said: “This is another significant development for us at Malaysia Airlines. The very encouraging load is a positive indication that the increase in capacity by 75 per cent is indeed needed. “Booking trends for March 2013 show a positive hike by 87 per cent for the Kuala Lumpur-Paris route and a stunning 123 per cent growth for the Paris-Kuala Lumpur route as compared to bookings in March 2012. I believe that our membership in the oneworld alliance from Feb 1, 2013 will also contribute to this positive development.”
The A380 offers the highest standards of comfort, luxury and amenities on long-haul routes, allowing MAS to strengthen its position as a major premium carrier, hosting its clients according to the famous Malaysian Hospitality. To create a gastronomic delight for its customers, MAS has three master-chefs, Chefs Ian Hall Mckenzie, Zahiddin Dris and Michel Quissac, on board the inaugural flight to serve First and Business class guests who booked their meals through the ‘Chef-on-Call’ service. Quissac has also been engaged in a special collaboration to revamp the menu on the A380 out of Paris. As a special treat, MAS has also prepared the famous French macaroons desserts for all guests on board the inaugural flight.
MAS has ordered six A380 aircraft and is the eigth airline worldwide to operate the biggest and most eco-efficient aircraft. The fifth A380 aircraft was delivered to the airline on Feb 22, while the sixth, expected to be delivered in mid-March, will be the 100th superjumbo coming out of the Airbus production plant in Toulouse, France.
Source: Bernama – http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v7/bu/newsbusiness.php?id=931443