Malaysia Airlines has scrapped its plans to reconfigure its A380s into high-density cabin. The airline previously had plans to change the current cabin layout on its six A380s into 700 seats hi-density cabin and use them under charter unit dedicated to Hajj and Umrah services.
According to Malaysia Airlines’ chief executive Izham Ismail, the aircraft will continue to fly in its current cabin three-class layout, seating 484 passengers so that aircraft can be used on other scheduled network during peak times.
The new charter unit of the Malaysian carrier is expected to start operation later this year. The new unit to named sooner, will take over Hajj and Umrah pilgrims to Jeddah and Madinah once it has secured necessary approvals from both the Malaysian and the Saudi Arabian authorities. Until then, the services will continue to be operated by Malaysia AIrlines itself.