Malaysia Airlines will fly its new Airbus A350 jets to Tokyo from May 2018, but says that a timetable listing showing that Auckland would also get the A350s is incorrect.
"We will not be operating the A350 to Auckland" a spokesman for Malaysia Airlines tells Australian Business Traveller. "This is an error that will be corrected."
The Auckland schedule was initially published by the AirlineRoute website, which listed A350 flights to the NZ city from August 5, 2018.
However, an Airbus A350 service between Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo/Narita (MH88/MH89) will commence from May 5, 2018 as an upgrade from the current Airbus A330s, with flights now bookable – including the A350's new first class suites.
Malaysia Airlines will roster its first four A350s onto the Kuala Lumpur-London route in two tranches in the first half of 2018 – from January 15 and March 5 – as replacements for its Airbus A380 superjumbos, which have proven to have too many seats and drink too much fuel for the flagship route compared to the more modest and fuel-efficient twin-engine Airbus A350s.
The airline's A350 jets feature four first class suites at the very front row, followed by 35 business class seats using the same Thompson Vantage design as the Oneworld member's Airbus A330s – including four 'throne' seats which are ideal for solo flyers.