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Malaysia Airlines' long-awaited new Airbus A330 business class seat takes to the skies this week, and Australian Business Traveller is in Kuala Lumpur for an Australian exclusive first look.
At first glance, it's a significant step up from the current 'sloping sleepers' plying the airline's Australia-Kuala Lumpur routes, being fully-flat and extending to a spacious 193cm when in bed mode.
In a break from the existing 2-2-2 layout, the new seats come in an improved configuration with alternating pairs of one and two seats (1-2-1, 1-2-2), providing all but three passengers with uninterrupted and direct access to the aisle for a good night's sleep:
To make things simpler for travellers, two straightforward control panels replace the previous raft of 14 keys needed to adjust the seat to the perfect position, with shortcut keys for the most common tasks...
... and a larger panel for adjustments or a massage:
Also boosted is the inflight entertainment screen, with the content library now served up on a 16-inch HD monitor...
... and using headphone outlets that now aren't at risk of being bumped throughout the flight as happens with the current Malaysia Airlines A330 business class seat:
Of course, you'll also find an AC power outlet to complement the USB slot above, and ample legroom when sitting upright, lounging or dining:
Added to that is a coat hook – used mainly on landing as the crew hang jackets prior to departure – a side storage zone that can house your smartphone or small tablet during the flight...
... and extra storage around the seat for your other bits and pieces:
Malaysia Airines' new business class seats debut on Wednesday March 23 on flight MH141 to Sydney, and Australian Business Traveller will be on board to bring you the world's first inflight review.
MAS will continue by refitting two aircraft each month until September, after which all of Malaysia Airlines' international A330-300s will boast the new seats.
Chris Chamberlin is visiting Kuala Lumpur as a guest of Malaysia Airlines
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