Malaysia Airlines brings its brand-new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft to Heathrow from Monday 15th January. The new aircraft will operate evening flights to Kuala Lumpur, and will be joined by a sister aircraft on morning flights from 6th March.
The ultra-modern long-haul A350-900 jets offer First, Business and Economy Class seats and a spacious interior, thanks to the aircraft’s extra-wide body. There are three rows of extra-legroom seats in Economy, too.
The Business Class section offers a redesigned experience with bigger, better seats. And Malaysia Airlines says this will be the first A350 in Asia to feature a First Class space.
Other comforts for passengers include an advanced air filtering system, on-board Wi-Fi, a quieter cabin and intelligent lighting.
The aircraft will be introduced on flight MH001, departing Heathrow Terminal 4 at 21:25, seven days a week. The flight arrives at Kuala Lumpur International 13 hours later, at 18:25 local time.
The A350 XWB has been designed for more economical, lower-noise flight on long-haul routes.
It is the first Airbus aircraft to have both the fuselage and the wings made of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer. The model’s first commercial flight was in 2015.
Other operators at Heathrow include Asiana (flying to Seoul), Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa), Finnair (Helsinki) and Qatar Airways (Doha).
The introduction of Malaysia’s A350s marks a switch from the airline’s A380 ‘superjumbo’ operations at Heathrow. But if you’re an A380 fan, don’t worry – they’re scheduled to return during the peak summer months.