Malaysia Airlines has launched its new A330-300 aircraft today, amidst a ceremonious event at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
The occasion was graced by Minister of Transport, Y.B. Dato’ Seri Kong Cho Ha. Also present were Malaysia Airlines’ Chairman, Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid and Malaysia Airlines Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil Zahruddin, as well as representatives from Airbus and the Embassies of France, Spain, Great Britain and Germany, partners from the aviation industry, corporate customers, travel trade, winners of Malaysia Airlines Facebook page contest and members of the media. The reception marked another historical milestone for the airline.
Starting with a launch flight MH8888 from KLIA, guests were taken for a short journey to experience the new interiors and features of the aircraft. Upon arrival, the traditional water salute welcomed the latest aircraft to the Malaysia Airlines fleet, followed by a mixed drum ensemble. An eclectic dance performance symbolised the potpourri of cultures, as the passengers disembarked from the aircraft.
Malaysia Airlines’ Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil Zahruddin said, “We are delighted to launch our first A330-300 five months after the delivery of the new B737-800 in November. The latest fleet is aimed at creating a strong and sustained platform for us to serve our discerning customers and for Malaysia Airlines to remain profitable. These aircrafts will serve the growing markets of South Asia, China, North Asia and Australia.”
The new Airbus A330-300 is the first of 15 aircrafts to be delivered to Malaysia Airlines over the next four years, as part of the airline’s fleet renewal programme. It is the second fleet after the B737-800 to sport the dynamic livery with red and blue lines representing the Malaysia Airlines’ corporate colours.
Minister of Transport, YB Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said, “Malaysia Airlines has made another achievement in Malaysia’s aviation industry. Malaysia Airlines’ move to introduce this fleet is seen as an effort to promote more travel and business opportunities for both Malaysians and foreigners.”
The enhanced A330-300 has a total capacity of 283 seats, 36 seats in Business class and 247 seats in Economy class. All seats are equipped with AC power supply and USB port for laptops and electronic equipment. The new interiors are installed with mood lighting in all cabins and spacious overhead baggage compartments.
a fold-out privacy divider and six-way adjustable headrest, among others, presenting the traveller with both a mini office, as well as a place to unwind.
The Economy Class cabin, features lightweight and slim design seats with four-way headrest. Each seat is equipped with individual audio-video on demand smart screens. The latest movies, TV programs, moving map and games are available for both cabins.
The first commercial flight on the new A330-300 will be from Kuala Lumpur to Brisbane departing on 20 April 2011, followed by flights to Shanghai, Osaka, Beijing, Perth and Delhi on later dates.
The air plane is welcomed to the fleet by a water salute ceremony
As a guest blogger, I got to shoot checkout all the new sections of the plane and shoot lots of photo. Below is some of the photos which I have shot.
This is the first time my foods served before the airplane take off.