Malaysia Airways will outfit its Airbus A350 very first class cabin with privateness doors with the aim of turning the seats into suites.
CEO Peter Bellew verified the layout to Australian Company Traveller, detailing that the seats “will have sliding doors for privateness,” adding to the seclusion of the solitary-row cabin of just 4 seats.
Those seats will be “a very hugely customised variation” of the Vantage XL layout from Thompson Aero Seating, a spokesperson for the airline verified, such as a substantial 24″ video screen
This all seems additional like Thompson Aero’s Vantage Suite notion (display underneath) which is an evolved Vantage XL layout.
On the other hand, the spokesperson affirmed that the Oneworld airline’s Airbus A350 very first class is a Vantage XL fairly than the Vantage Suite, and has “been customised for Malaysia Airways to contain a privateness doorway.”
The Vantage XL is previously acquainted to most Australians as Qantas’ hottest small business class seat for the Airbus A330 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and will also be equipped to the Airbus A380 superjumbos from 2019.
Malaysia Airways hopes to the Vantage XL’s characteristics such as immediate aisle obtain and additional in-depth fitout will make a strongly attractive very first class ecosystem which is noticed as warranting the added value above the A350’s small business class, which will use the foundation-design Vantage seat previously traveling on its A330 fleet.
So how will Malaysia Airways differentiate its very first class encounter in a seat that most travellers would expect to find further back in small business class?
“We’ll also be carrying out a whole lot with the food stuff, a whole lot with the encounter on board and a whole lot with the encounter on the floor at London and Kuala Lumpur, and that will give a whole lot of added advantage to our consumers,” Bellew formerly shared with Australian Company Traveller.
Malaysia Airlines’ very first Airbus A350 is because of for supply in November, with a next to stick to in December, in purchase to enable the state-of-the-art jets to take above the day by day Kuala Lumpur-London Airbus A380 flights MH3/MH4 by mid-January 2018.
Australian Company Traveller understands that two additional A350s will arrive by March 2018, at which time the flagship MH1/MH2 flight would also be swapped from the double-decker superjumbo to the gas-productive A350.
A next European route for the remaining pair of A350s remains below thought, with Bellew formerly telling Australian Company Traveller that this would hinge on a joint undertaking agreement with one more airline.
“If we can variety a joint undertaking with one more airline it may make feeling, for the reason that it can be the ideal way to get one more European destination. The only way I can see it succeeding would be to operate closely with one more provider.”
Failing that, “we’ll use them for a thing like products and services to Shanghai and Tokyo.”