Qantas partner and Oneworld alliance member Malaysia Airlines is bringing its flagship Airbus A380 to Sydney, although the superjumbo schedule runs for just nine days – during which, Sydney-Kuala Lumpur flights will be trimmed to two per day.
The dates to watch for are May 30 through June 2 and also June 5-9.
During that period MAS will operate only two daily flights between Sydney and its KL hub, with flights MH142 and MH143 being suspended.
MH122 will boast the A380 from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur, pushing back at 1:50pm on most days to reach Malaysia at 8:40pm that evening.
On the return, MH123 sees the A380 from May 29 to June 1 and then June 4-8, departing Kuala Lumpur at 11:45pm and touching down in Sydney at 10am the following morning.
The regular MH140/141 services will continue as usual.
Sampling Malaysia Airlines' A380
The short-term schedule offers a great oportunity to try Malaysia Airlines' Airbus A380, with a chance to snare one of eight spacious first class suites.
MAS doesn't sell first class fares between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur, so it's expected that eight fortunate flyers will find themselves paying business class fares but relaxing in first class comfort, albeit with business class meals and service.
MAS is yet to advise how it will select the passengers who will receive these 'upgrades', however several AusBT readers report that their business class bookings with a seat selection in the first few rows has seen them bumped into the A380s' first class suites.
Business class passengers can stretch out on the upper deck featuring 66 fully-flat beds – an upgrade from the angled lie-flats normally found on Malaysia Airlines’ Sydney flights.
Also read: Photo tour: Inside Malaysia Airlines’ A380s
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