Malaysia Airlines set another milestone today with the launch of its Airbus A380 that schedules its service between KL International Airport (KLIA) and Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport. With this Paris become second city after London, to be operated using the A380 in the national airline’s network.
Effective from today, Malaysia Airlines’ capacity on daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Paris will increase by 75%, going from 282 seats from the previously operated B777 to 494 seats on the superjumbo.
At the inaugural event at KLIA which is graced by Malaysia Airlines’ Group chief Executive Officer Ahmed Jauhari Yahya, the superjumbo operating flight MH20 was given a ceremonious send-off minutes before midnight. It is a significant development for Malaysia Airlines and the very encouraging load is a positive indication that increases in capacity by 75% which indeed is needed. Booking trends that starts from March 2013 shows a positive hike by 87% for flights from Kuala Lumpur to Paris and a stunning 123% for flights to Kuala Lumpur from Paris as compared to year 2012.