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by b.k. sidhu AND patrick lee
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
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
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
“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)
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