Malaysia Airlines is one of the lesser known members of the oneworld alliance, in which it is a partner alongside British Airways. This means that you can both earn and redeem Avios, and earn British Airways tier points, when flying on Malaysia.
Malaysia Airlines has just taken delivery of its first A350-900 aircraft and, from January, this aircraft will be operating one of their two daily Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur services. Both daily Malaysia flights will switch to A350 operation by March.
These aircraft will replace the current A380 services, which the airline intends to convert to an ‘all economy’ configuration to use exclusively on pilgrimage routes to Saudi Arabia.
These are three cabin aircraft – a super-exclusive First Class of just four seats (one row), Business Class (35 seats) and Economy. Three rows of Economy have additional leg room and will be sold at a premium.
These three pictures which are all that Malaysia has put on their website so far:
As you see, you are getting a ‘suite’ with a closing door. The real difference between First and Business is that your feet are not tucked away in a cubby hole under the seat in front.
And Business Class:
The Business Class layout looks pretty good. It is a staggered 1-2-1 or 1-2-2 layout, similar to Aer Lingus. It even has two Aer Lingus-style ‘throne’ seats on the right-hand side. On the left, one row has ‘table / seat’, the one behind ‘seat / table’ and so on, so that your feet slot under the table area of the seat in front. The Qatar Qsuite works in a similar way.
Here is an extract from the seat map which hopefully makes it clearer (click to enlarge):
If you want to find out more, Malaysia Airlines has a special A350 section on its website which you can find here.
Whilst this will be bookable on Avios via ba.com (not avios.com), remember the standard restrictions on booking partner awards. Every date is a peak date in terms of pricing, and you cannot use a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher.
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