The delivery was celebrated upon arrival of its first A350-900, leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport by Malaysia Airlines which is the 17th airline to operate the world’s newest, most modern and efficient twin engine widebody airliner.
ALC also receives its first A350-900 out of an order for 29 A350 Family aircraft. Ultimately Malaysia Airlines will operate six A350-900s, all leased from ALC.
Malaysia Airlines already operates 24 Airbus aircraft including six A380, 15 A330-300 and three A330-200F on its regional routes and long haul services. Malaysia Airlines will initially deploy the A350-900 on flights within Asia. From the first quarter of 2018, the aircraft will fly on the airline’s premier long haul service from Kuala Lumpur to London. The aircraft is configured in a three class cabin layout with a total of 286 seats. This comprises four in First Class, 35 in Business, featuring convertible seats to fully flat beds and 247 in Economy.
The A350 XWB carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines has a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions.