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Thanks for clarifying. I'm still disappointed though. It would've been so nice to have the A380 all the way...

 

I would be disappointed too if I were you... but at least you still get to experience the A380 on the longer sector of the two.

 

I also have a few upcoming A380 flights, including CDG-BKK with TG next year. I will keep my fingers X though! :db:

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Upper deck Y is prob the last place where babies will be assigned to but it is unlikely to be guaranteed to be "baby-free" as there are 3 bassinet locations in that cabin.

 

Premium just means that MH will charge you extra (e.g. RM150 vs RM50) for selecting an upper deck seat, even if it is not an exit row, unless you pay the higher economy fare buckets.

 

Thank you Mushrif A. I think I maybe got lucky then as my upper Y seats were booked/confirmed before the cabin was shown as premium!

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flying J on july 4th LHR - KUL. cant wait!

 

Make sure you lower your expectations as the hardware is quite underwhelming. Then, you'll be fine.

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I would be disappointed too if I were you... but at least you still get to experience the A380 on the longer sector of the two.

The reason why I'm especially disappointed is that I'm thinking of doing the whole SYD-KUL-LHR (and back) in First class. I though I'd book it with plenty of time for the A380 to start flying the KUL-SYD sector. Oh well...

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The reason why I'm especially disappointed is that I'm thinking of doing the whole SYD-KUL-LHR (and back) in First class. I though I'd book it with plenty of time for the A380 to start flying the KUL-SYD sector. Oh well...

 

I'm disappointed with the SYD delay as well, as I had booked in F to go over the Hari Raya Haji period - but look at the bright side. If you move it later (I moved mine to april 2013), when MH should be part of OW by then, you'll get to use the SYD QF F lounge...

 

or you could do it in J, and hope that your MH G maps to OW E, and still use the lounge. I do however have a strange feeling that MH G will end up being mapped to OW S, MH S to OW R with only MH P mapping to OW E

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One thing I like about the current Y cabin interior on A330 and A380 is the clean design, not too colourful like previous one or SQesque or EKish.

The legroom looks quite big, that guy managed to cross his legs.

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Part 2 of the Joyride experience:

 

Almost carnival-like atmosphere at Gate C17, with cameramen and members of the media interviewing guests.

 

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Smile! You're on camera!

 

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Spot-the-blogger contest! Hehe..

 

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Pre-flight event on the mezzanine floor.

 

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The lucky winners of #myBigFlight contest

 

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View of the satellite building from mezzanine floor.

 

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The eager-beavers, all can't wait for the boarding. T-minus 15 minutes for boarding.

 

 

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The crews of MH 5488

 

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9M-MNA sits patiently on the apron, waiting for her passengers to board.

 

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Pintu perlepasan C17 untuk penerbangan Malaysia MH 5488 ke Kuala Lumpur (yes, you read that right - KUL!

 

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One can't help but feel a sense of pride that radiates around all MH crews. This pride shines through in the eyes and smiles of everyone today. (Edit: probably not all :p )

 

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As usual, the crews will board the aircraft first after the boarding announcement was made by the ground staff. See you later in the aircraft, ladies!

 

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Boarding time!

 

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More to come! Stay-tuned..

Edited by Syed A Ridhwan

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I'm disappointed with the SYD delay as well, as I had booked in F to go over the Hari Raya Haji period - but look at the bright side. If you move it later (I moved mine to april 2013), when MH should be part of OW by then, you'll get to use the SYD QF F lounge...

 

or you could do it in J, and hope that your MH G maps to OW E, and still use the lounge. I do however have a strange feeling that MH G will end up being mapped to OW S, MH S to OW R with only MH P mapping to OW E

I can't move my flights unfortunately. Need to travel in October. At least I'll get the A380 between KUL and LHR. I'll have to wait until next year to fly the A380 between SYD and KUL. I will reach Enrich platinum by the end of the year, so I'll get to enjoy OW E benefits next year!

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Part 3 - Boarding the Aircraft

 

Considering that I was one of the first few who boarded the aircraft, might as well explore it inside out!

 

First stop, the First Class.

 

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The First Class inside the main deck of MH A380 with 1‐2‐1 seat formation.

 

Total of 8 seats with enclosed monument (4 individual seats and 2 double seats).

 

 

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Seat pitch of 89 inches and bed width of 40 inches. Full flat bed length of 87 inches.

 

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Individual 23-inch IFE screen, shell mounted, largest in Malaysia Airlines fleet with wide-screen aspect ratio of 16:9. Equipped with 115VAC PED power supply and USB port.

 

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Next up, the Business Class (in the Upper Deck). Sorry, no photos of the staircase..

 

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Total of 66 seats in the Business Class (33 double assembly), with seat pitch of 74 inches.

 

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Full flat-bed length of about 72 inches.

 

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Individual 17-inch IFE screen, seatback mounted, largest in Malaysia Airlines Business Class with wide-screen aspect ratio of 16:9. Like the First Class, these seats are also quipped with 115VAC PED power supply and USB port.

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And last but not least, the Economy Class. A little stretching going on there, I see ^_^ Looks like she's gearing herself up to receive the 400+ passengers for this flight.

 

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Economy class at the Main Deck of this A380, sporting a 3-4-3 layout. Each of these seats comes with individual 10.6-in IFE wide screen.

 

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Economy class at the Upper Deck with seating configuration of 2-4-2. Was a little late to snap a passenger-free shot inside this part of the aircraft, by the time I finish touring both the First and Business Class, most passengers have taken their seats.

 

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WOW!!! Syed, thanks for the photos! Note that MH F Class is the same as CZ A380s. However MH has much more functionality and more colourful....:)

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Note that MH F Class is the same as CZ A380s.

 

Far from being the same. CZ's is more private, higher walls and has doors that can fully enclose the suite, just like EK and SQ. CZ's F walls are also "less-porous" than SQ's.

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Part 3 (cont'd)

 

Brand spanking new galley equipments there

 

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They look like something out a laboratory, very clinical-looking too..

 

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The Upper Deck galley

 

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Economy Class row 74 - 81, Main Deck

 

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Last shot of the cabin before I take my seat

 

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Like their new 737-800 and A330-300, this A380 is fitted with Thales entertainment system and Economy Class passengers' screen is measured at 10.6 inches.

 

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Generous legroom even for a 6 footer like me.

 

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AUX and USB port available

 

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Overhead hardware

 

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Looking through a window over those huge wings. One could possible play badminton on it.

 

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This A380 is Malaysia Airlines' first aircraft to have the external camera view feature - an interesting addition and must be a cool sight during take-off and landing.

 

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Pushback from C17 at 12:09 PM

 

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Pre-flight safety demonstration by the crews. It was conducted manually as the new safety video has yet to be installed into the system - trust everything will be in order for their inaugural KUL-LHR flight on 1 July.

 

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Deploying flap 1+F the take-off while taxiing to Runway 32 Right

 

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Some muscle-flexing by the beast. Speedbrake test before the take-off.

 

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To be continued.. :)

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Finally, our very own local airline to occupy that A380 gates . Awesome coverage Syed! Thanks for sharing :)

Edited by Fairul

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[...]

Like their new 737-800 and A330-300, this A380 is fitted with Thales entertainment system and Economy Class passengers' screen is measured at 10.6 inches.

[...]

 

 

FYI, the entertainment system on the 738 and 333 is Japanese, not French. Panasonic.

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Some great pictures there and I'm looking forward to flying on it later in the year to LHR. I did see the plane on Tuesday as we taxied out on MH784 to BKK; I'd much rather be on the A380!

 

A lot has been mentioned of the legroom, however, for me the best part of the A380 (economy anyway), is the width. The old 747 have a seat width of 17" whereas the A380 has a width of 19" (at least the SQ flight I took last week to LHR does). These couple of inches provide a much more comfortable ride, especially on a long haul flight. No more elbow wrestling with your neighbour!

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Superb pics Syed A Ridhwan. Thank you!

 

I recall when I flew QF A380 they had both a tail cam and an underbody cam. A great add-on, making the journey all the more interesting!

 

I love the MAS interior despite some of the negative comments. Everyone is entitled to their view though of course. What makes a flight for me is a comfortable interior, a friendly and attentive crew, nice food and a quiet cabin! Let's see if it lives up to my hopes in child-free upstairs Y!

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FYI, the entertainment system on the 738 and 333 is Japanese, not French. Panasonic.

 

Oh my, you are right! How in the world did I confuse myself when I flew on their 737-800 only last week haha! Yup - it is the Panasonic X-series for both MH 738 and A330E :sorry:

 

Meredith, Jimbo, Fairul, Julius, you are most welcome. I am glad that you enjoyed viewing the photos - there's more to come though so stay-tuned :)

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They got both AC power plug and USB socket.

Please do the homework before you make the criticism.

In light of pics and description now available, does the above still apply ?

(at least in Y)

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The WAU on IFE screen still pointing to the old way

Same with embossing on galley hardware :)

If they want to get this part correct, will cost a lot lot more than rectifying display at top right corner of IFE screen :)

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