Malaysia Airlines to fly A380s on Sydney-Kuala Lumpur route

By Chris C., May 29 2015
Malaysia Airlines to fly A380s on Sydney-Kuala Lumpur route

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.

Flying business class? Sit in first class instead!
Flying business class? Sit in first class instead!

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.

Relax in business class aboard Malaysia Airlines' Airbus A380s
Relax in business class aboard Malaysia Airlines' Airbus A380s

Also read: Photo tour: Inside Malaysia Airlines’ A380s

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Chris C.

A former contributor to Executive Traveller, Chris lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Jan 2013

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Wait, what? I thought I read something about MH sellin goff al six fo their A380's? Perhaps I've missed something simple here.

NZ Elite

03 Jul 2014

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Just the subtle difference between "selling" and "sold"

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Jan 2013

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Gotcha, thought there may have been soemthing I missed. Friday-itis :)

undertheradar Banned
undertheradar Banned

28 Oct 2011

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don't get too excited.. the A380 only 'appears' until June 9...something to do with a soccer match somewhere, I think...sorry, I have no interest in whilst  MAS still have the A380s in their posession...they may as well use them


18 Feb 2015

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Only one of their A380's is up for sale this year - I think it's the one from HKG to KL. The rest of the fleet won't be available until 2016 (sale or lease). So if you're planning any redemptions or bookings this year you should be all good.

29 Mar 2014

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MH no longer has A380s between KUL and HKG if I remember correctly, but 9M-MNA and 9M-MNB will be sold off this year. As a result, Paris is getting downgraded to a 777. Which is kind of dumb because MH has two morning arrivals and an evening arrival for their A380s, and only one morning departure for one of the arrivals to connect to, while the other waits 17+ hours in KUL.

15 Apr 2015

Total posts 1

The A380 between KUL and HKG was withdrawn because Airbus needed to do some wing repairs, if I remember correctly, to MH's A380. I think one A380 was recalled by Airbus every two months so MH had really only five A380's at is disposal throughout 2014 and they wanted to retain the A380 to CDG and LHR. I wonder whether they've now restored the A380 to the KUL-HKG.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 May 2011

Total posts 233

They are probably bringing them here to show them to Qantas 'you like, you buy'?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

Total posts 513

I would love if QF buys them but of course if only needs be.

@chris - to my knowledge - People who were assigned seats in rows 1 and 2, and it mapped to the A380, have had their seat assignments grandfathered.

If you were in 1A on the A330, you're in 1A on the A380. If you were sitting next to 1A in 1C (unlikely as it's a blocked bassinet) - you don't have a seat assignment now because there's no 1C on the A380. 

15 Jun 2014

Total posts 8

Looks like I am one of the lucky ones. Booked on MH123 on 4th June from KUL-SYD and was in 2G. EF now confirms change of aircraft and yours truly in the F cabin. What a nice surprise. Thanks MH!

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

14 Apr 2013

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That means for a short time, All A380 on the SYD - LHR /CDG Route with one stop. Very Nice :-)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 May 2011

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Saw it pass over Olympic Park at 2:28PM today.
Shame it is all just temporary.

Hopefully liked the look of their next lease aircraft ;) 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Feb 2014

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Hi Chris MH 123 was an A380 today is this a one off? Or on a summer rotation?

24 Apr 2012

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It's a one-off.

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