Malaysia Airlines, in a bid to attract a new wave of flyers to its aircraft, unveiled its new A330-300 Business Class seats at the World Travel Market in London this week. The new seats, which will be introduced in April 2016, will see all 15 A330-300 aircrafts fitted with the new configuration by September 2016.
The familiar looking Thompson Aero Vantage seats are the same model as found in Aer Lingus, Delta, Austrian and Brussels Airlines to name just a handful of carriers. The business class seat pitch may be just 43 inches with a width of 20.6 inches and when transformed into a bed, a length of 76 inches (fully flat), is one of the best received business class seats in the industry. This is a big step up for Malaysia Airlines, which for the first time is offering flat-bad comfort for its business class passengers, lifting it to a truly international standard.
The seats come with increased working space with 90% of all seats having direct aisle access due to the 1-2-1 and 1-2-2 seat layout, with extra stowage space for personal items. Each seat is equipped with a Panasonic 16-inch touch screen inflight entertainment system including USB socket. Every aspect of the new product has been carefully designed with the passenger’s comfort and needs in mind.
Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer Christoph Mueller said, “We are very excited to be introducing this latest product from Malaysia Airlines. The new seats and configuration have been designed to give a superb space for work, play or sleep. All of our A330 business class seats will now feature fully flat beds allowing our guests the ultimate in comfort and versatility”.
He added, “This product will make us more competitive against other full-service carriers and is part of the airline’s push to be more customer centric, offering new, personalized and innovative products.” The seats are a proven success story, offering decent business class comfort for their passengers. They also feature a large single leaf meal tray table providing more than ample space for a notebook or tablet.
Malaysia Airlines A330-300 has shrunk their business class seating count cabin down from 36 to 27 seats while increasing their economy class seating count up to 263 seats. The A330-300 currently flies on routes from Kuala Lumpur to Asia and Australia.