Malaysia Airlines to fly Airbus A380 to Sydney from March to July

By David Flynn, January 9 2018
Malaysia Airlines to fly Airbus A380 to Sydney from March to July

Malaysia Airlines will fly its flagship Airbus A380 superjumbo to Sydney on selected dates from March through to July 2018, and savvy business class passengers will be able to grab a free upgrade to first class for the nine hour journey to and from Kuala Lumpur.

The daily MH122/MH123 services between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney will shift from an Airbus A330 to the double-deck A380 on 20 dates so far:

  • March 31
  • April 1, and April 13 through to April 15
  • June 22 through to June 25, and June 30
  • July 1 through to July 9, and July 16

(Several of these dates represent peak travel periods, including the Easter weekend and NSW school holidays.)

These A380 flights can now be booked, and with substantially more seats than the A330 there should be ample availability and some points-based reward seats opening up – including a handful of business class seats on each of those dates listed above.

Note that Qantas frequent flyers can use Qantas Points to book a Malaysia Airlines flight, with Sydney to Kuala Lumpur in business class costing 65,000 Qantas Points and $275 in taxes, fees and charges.

Read more: Qantas brings Malaysia Airlines reward flight bookings online

Malaysia Airlines' A380 sports 66 business class seats which convert into fully-flat beds, in a 2-2-2 configuration similar to that of the Qantas Airbus A380s.

Fancy something a little more schmick?

Nestled at the front of the superjumbo's lower deck are eight first class suites – which some travellers will be able to snare even though they've paid for a business class ticket.

That's because Malaysia Airlines won't be selling first class on the Sydney-Kuala Lumpur flights. Instead, the first class cabin will be held aside for top-tier frequent flyers who are booked into business class.

How to book a first class suite on a business class fare

Platinum and Gold members of Malaysia Airlines' Enrich scheme – along with their Qantas Platinum and Gold counterparts, and other Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire card-holders – will be able to choose the prized rows 1 and 2 during the seat selection process.

Those are the eight first class suites, which will be blocked off to lesser mortals in business class.

You'll be served the same meals and wines as your business class comrades – but it'll feel so much more stylish because, well, you're in first class!


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

15 Jan 2013

Total posts 37

This is very exciting - I found the J class seats more comfortable on A380 than the new A330 seats but I'd really like to try those F seats!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1139

There are multiple reports online of passengers being turfed out of their F cabin seat selection on the A350 when flying J on that aircraft, so let’s hope the same thing doesn’t happen here.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

30 Jul 2015

Total posts 7

"lesser mortals" LOL -

Malaysia Air need to offer a partner rewards program.

I also flew with them once and they robbed me of my business class points so i will never fly business with them again unless i really have to!

19 May 2017

Total posts 1

Do you have dates on flights from KUL to SYD also?

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2351

Same dates as in the article

Sydney gets the A380, Perth has a 737. What have we done to deserve that ?

Hope they have fixed the door at J row 12. Last time we flew, noise was deafening and passengers had to be moved away.

Great airline !!!!!!!

05 Oct 2015

Total posts 4

from the outer look this news may be a great news but I feel sorry for this airline as airasia X is doing well and MH struggling to survive and survive. who knows who does what and where. even TG and UL are struggling.

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

13 Jan 2017

Total posts 33

Interesting news. Everything in the past year was pointing to MH dropping mainline A380 services and utilising them on charter Haj pilgrimage flights from the local media here in SE Asia.

16 Dec 2017

Total posts 9

“ savvy business class passengers will be able to grab a free upgrade to first class for the nine hour journey to and from Kuala Lumpur.”

Not gonna happen! Mh is so infamous about the bait and switch trick! They will let their f cabin open to j pax in order to boost the sales, but last min block out the whole cabin as crew rest and kick everyone to the further back!!!

There were numerous reports about it and I ve encountered on a380 too.

So for those purposely want to sit in the f cabin, thinm twice n dont be fooled!


31 Dec 2014

Total posts 5

This is spot on... I literally booked MH for my this this week to SIN JUST BECAUSE OF THIS article... on Outbound leg cabin was blocked. I have even had a bit of a fracas with the Airport crew as these seats remain blocked / unassigned. In essence, this article is misleading.

British Airways - Executive Club

10 Apr 2015

Total posts 9

And spotted MH A380 today, 22/Jan/18 at SYD. Possibly replacing the broken plane from last week.

25 Jan 2018

Total posts 3

I flew J on MH123 from KUL to SYD on 22 Jan, and it was the A380 instead of the A330, probably due to the technical issue from last week as mentionned by simonj.

When I checked in, I noticed they had changed my seat number and it was a 2-2-2 configuration. Although I am QF Gold, I was not offered a seat in First even after asking for first row. Later in the flight I went down to have a look in F, there was only one lucky pax. So if you have an upcoming flight with MH, try your luck at check-in.

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