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Published: Saturday March 30, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 2:17:22 PM

MAS’ sixth A380 arrives in KLIA

SEPANG: The last of the six super jumbo A380 aircraft ordered by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) a decade ago touched down at KL International Airport (KLIA) yesterday and will be deployed for the KL-Hong Kong sector beginning May 1.

It is the 100th aircraft made by European company Airbus and was delivered to MAS from its assembly plant in Toulouse, France.

MAS' first A380 touched down at KLIA on May 30 last year, with the airline receiving another three in 2012 and the fifth in February.

According to MAS, the aircraft left France on Thursday before arriving in Malaysia at around 3.30pm yesterday.

With a capacity of 494 seats, MAS also plans to use the plane as part of the A380 fleet's double daily trips to London and single daily trips to Paris.

Malaysia Airlines group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said they were happy that the final aircraft had been delivered.

“It's been a long time coming, and we're very happy to receive the sixth aircraft,” he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Ahmad said that the A380 would replace MAS' single daily Boeing 777 flight to Hong Kong, adding that i t was confident of an increase in passenger volume.

“As far as the A380 is concerned, we have the market.

“Let the market know about it, and see how they respond to it,” he said.

Ahmad said that MAS was looking for more pilots with the expansion of its fleet and was actively recruiting cabin crew.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad senior general manager (operations) Datuk Azmi Murad said it had upgraded KLIA's runaways, taxiways, parking aprons and gates to prepare for the arrival of the A380s.

Airbus started delivery of the twin-deck jetliner some six years ago, with Singapore Airlines being its first customer.

Thus far, there are 99 aircraft in the skies flyin g 36 million passengers in 100,000 flights by the various airlines.

The A380 is designed for long-haul travel but is being deployed by several airlines on short-haul routes to help them rake in revenue from its twin-deck feature.

Just like MAS, Emirates uses its flee t of A380s on some short-haul flights, including the Dubai-Jeddah (a two-hour flight) and Bangkok-Hong Kong (two hours 40 minutes) routes.

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