Malaysia Airlines to deploy A350 on both Kuala Lumpur-Doha services

Front view of a Malaysia Airlines A350 on the tarmac at dawn.
Image Credit: Malaysia Airlines

Commencing 1 April 2024, Malaysia Airlines will be deploying its flagship Airbus A350-900 aircraft on both of its daily nonstop services between Kuala Lumpur and Doha.

This will see the deployment of its newly acquired Airbus A350-900 on its second daily route service, following the success of the widebody aircraft on the first service since its inception late last year.

Type of Aircraft for Kuala Lumpur-Doha Flights…

The decision to utilize the Airbus A350-900 on both daily services stems from the success of its previous deployment since November 2023.

The aircraft boasts a spacious seating configuration, accommodating 300 passengers. Among these, 40 seats are designated for Business Class, offering a luxurious experience with direct aisle access and ample storage space.

Additionally, 32 seats are allocated for Economy Comfort, featuring larger seat pitch and width, ensuring a comfortable journey for passengers. The Economy Class, with 228 seats, also promises a pleasant travel experience.

Passengers traveling between Kuala Lumpur and Doha can now also enjoy enhanced comfort and entertainment options.

The state-of-the-art seats in all cabin classes provide utmost comfort, while the innovative in-flight entertainment system ensures a seamless and enjoyable journey for travelers.

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A Malaysia Airlines A350 lines up for takeoff.
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Statements from Key Figures

Datuk Captain Izham Ismail, the Group Managing Director of Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), was pleased with the decision, stating,

“The strategic decision to deploy our A350s on both daily services reflects our commitment to continually enhancing the passenger experience, aligning with one of our key customer priorities: ensuring optimal cabin comfort.”

“With the route demonstrating robust performance, we are confident in both the route’s success and our role in facilitating connectivity to Doha and beyond with our unparalleled Malaysian hospitality.”

Qatar Airways Group CEO, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, also commended the partnership, emphasizing their mutual goals. “Qatar Airways is delighted by yet another milestone in our strategic partnership with Malaysia Airlines,” he said.

“Since the launch of Malaysia Airlines’ first flight to our award-winning hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha almost two years ago, our partnership growth has been driven by our mutual desire to provide our customers with robust access when travelling to new destinations and ensuring a comfortable and seamless travel experience.”

Proposed Plan from the Airline…

The twice-daily service between Kuala Lumpur and Doha offers flexibility to passengers, with departure times catering to different travel preferences.

The service departs from Kuala Lumpur via MH164 at 2:55am and MH160 at 9:00pm, with return flights from Doha departing via MH165 at 8:05am and MH161 at 1:50am. These services include Qatar Airways’ codeshare on both routes.

Through the codeshare partnership between Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways, passengers gain access to a wide range of destinations, spanning continents, and ensuring connectivity to key hubs.

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