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Malaysia Airlines to upgrade Hong Kong route to Airbus A380

Superjumbo replaces existing Boeing 737 service

by Devesh Agarwal

National carrier Malaysia Airlines will upgrade its twice daily Boeing 737-800 operated Kuala Lumpur Hong Kong route to an Airbus A380 effective May 1, 2013. Hong Kong will be the third A380 destination for the carrier after London and Paris. The new schedule is:

MH72 departs Kuala Lumpur 09:15 arrives Hong Kong 13:05
MH73 departs Hong Kong 14:45 arrives Kuala Lumpur at 18:25

The 494 seater A380 will increase by about 50% the existing capacity of twice daily Boeing 737s, and will also introduce a first class cabin on this premium route offering eight seats. Malaysia’s A380 has 420 economy class seats. 350 seats on the main (lower) deck and 70 on the upper deck, and 66 business class seats. All seats are equipped with the usual modern amenities – individual in-flight entertainment with audio video on demand, in-seat power supply, USB ports for BYOD entertainment, etc.

The airline is offering attractive introductory offers on this route for travel till November 30, 2013.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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