During the peak summer travel months, it’s not uncommon to see major carriers into Sydney upgrade the aircraft they have to help meet the higher passenger numbers. Korean Airlines and China Southern are two that do this and both use the A380 for the services at the end of the year, they also make First Class available which is a nice option for trying something new.
To help with the increased demand, Malaysia Airlines will be operating 3 round-trip A380 services to Sydney starting on the 5th of December.
Here’s the information on the flights, courtesy of Routesonline:
MH122 SYD1310 – 1845KUL 388 06DEC19/07DEC19/13DEC19
The A380 is actually fitted with their much older 2-2-2 Business Class product instead of the current A330 1-2-1 which is a much better and more up to date product.
Malaysia’s A380 features a total of 4 cabins, First Class contains 8 suites in a 1-2-1 configuration with everything seat featuring a pitch of 87” and a width of 26.1”, The Business Class cabin consists of 66 seats in a 2-2-2 configuration with a pitch of 74” and the width of 22.” The Economy cabin of the A380 features 420 seats in a 3-4-3 layout with a pitch of 32” and a width of 18.”
The other disappointing thing about this aircraft swap is the fact that unfortunately, they will not be opening up the First Class for reservations. This is something I think would have been cool and for 50K miles one-way, would have been a good review.
Booking flights on Malaysia is quite easy and finding space is relatively simple, I recommend using both the British Airways website and the Qantas website just to double check there is no phantom availability.