Malaysia Airlines A380 First Class Trip Report CDG-KUL

Flight Date: 08APR2013—This is quite a long post as there are so many things about the new Malaysia Airlines A380 first class service I want to tell you about. I was happy to hear Malaysia Airlines had joined the Oneworld alliance. With this addition, Oneworld is shaping up to be a formidable opponent to the larger Star alliance. I’ve flown MH many times in the past, but never in first class so I was excited at the prospect.

Salon Icare Terminal One Charles de Gaulle

Salon Icare Terminal One Charles de Gaulle

I arrived at the funky Terminal One at Charles de Gaulle and checked in for my flight. The clerk told me that I was the only passenger in first class…yes! Passport control was quick, but the lines to enter the passenger area of the terminal were incredibly long: babies crying, people yelling, various aromas—some good and some not so good—were wafting through the sea of humanity…basically your typical day in Paris. After about 10 minutes or so I noticed I guy trying to swipe his boarding pass at what looked like a supermarket barcode reader. He was not successful, but I thought I would have a go at it and lo and behold the turnstiles opened and I was able to bypass the motley crew waiting in line.

Malaysia Airlines do not have a dedicated lounge at Paris CDG and offer passengers in business and first to use the Salon Icare lounge instead. This lounge looks like a room where your grandfather would sit and play chess with his pals. Better than milling around aimlessly in the terminal building I guess, but not by much.

Salon Icare Terminal One Charles de Gaulle

Salon Icare Terminal One Charles de Gaulle

Since I knew I was going to be alone I pulled out my camera and started snapping away. An amused flight attendant noticed my enthusiasm and asked if I would like a tour around the plane before it got really busy. This was really fun and informative as they not only showed me the economy and business class cabins but inside the crew rest area (crew bunk), pilot’s rest area and let me try out all the seats too.

Crew Bunk on the MH A380

Crew Bunk on the MH A380

I went back to my seat and was presented with a nice bag of in-flight goodies: amenity kit, pajamas, slippers and headphones.

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The flight manager dropped by to say hello and he also said I should go upstairs and check out the restrooms in business class. They are actually a lot bigger (due to the curvature of the plane at the nose) than the first class lavatories.

MH A380 Business Class Lavatory

MH A380 Business Class Lavatory

I was presented with the menu and wine list and started opening up all the storage areas in and around my seat. Malaysia Airlines decided against overhead bins in first to give the cabin a spacious feel.

First Class Seat Individual Closet

First Class Seat Individual Closet

Malaysia Airlines A380 First Class Cabin

Malaysia Airlines A380 First Class Cabin

The seats are advertised as the widest in the world; however I didn’t really get that impression at first glance. The flight attendant told me in bed mode the arm rest and storage areas become flush with the seat so evidently they are adding these areas into their calculation.

MH First Class Seat 2K

MH First Class Seat 2K

The cabin is finished in off-white and dark grey with maroon upholstery and a stylized floral print at head level. There are eight seats in first class in a 1-2-1 configuration. The suite-type seats are similar in design to those found on Japan Airlines, Korean and others. They do not have closing doors like Singapore or Emirates, but you do get a feeling of privacy nevertheless. Each seat is equipped with 115VAC PED power supply and USB port.

Ample Storage in the A380 First Class Seats

Ample Storage in the A380 First Class Seats

When we were taxing for take-off I noticed an Air France Concorde on display. Now that was a plane! I was lucky to fly on Concorde (British Airways) twice right before they retired the planes in 2003. Maybe I’ll do a retro-trip report one day!

Air France Concorde at Charles de Gaulle

Air France Concorde at Charles de Gaulle

As I have noted in other posts regarding the A380, it’s always amazing how such a huge beast of a plane can be so quiet. As we reached cruising altitude the flight attendants came by with a glass of Dom Perignon and canapés.

Dom Perignon 2003 and Amuse Bouche

Dom Perignon 2003 and Amuse Bouche

The lunch menu was impressive.

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Satay

Service began with satay and all the condiments followed by soup and caviar.

Spring Asparagus Soup

Spring Asparagus Soup

Caviar

Caviar

For the main I chose the stuffed chicken.

Stuffed Chicken

Stuffed Chicken

The wine list was surprisingly meager though: only two whites and two reds along with one champagne and port choice each. I’m not much of a chardonnay fan so I asked if they might have a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc in business; they did and I was content. Everything served today was delicious. I especially enjoyed the soup and caviar.

Although I’m not a big dessert eater, in the spirit of carpe diem and all that–I had both the mango cake and cheese.

Mango and Passion Fruit Cake

Mango and Passion Fruit Cake

Cheese Tray and Port

Cheese Tray and Port

And then this shows up on my screen! 🙂

Are You Trying To Tell Me Somehting Malaysia Airlines?

Are You Trying To Tell Me Somehting Malaysia Airlines?

The flight from Paris to Kuala Lumpur is a long one: 12 hours and 25 minutes.

With no one else in the cabin, the flight attendant offered to make up the bed in the seat next to me.

The Bed on the A380

The Bed on the A380

The Malaysia Airlines A380 first class seat is one of only a handful out there truly built for tall people like me. Even at 194cm, my feet didn’t touch the wall in front of the suite. This is a major plus and along with the copious amount of wine; a major reason I slept like a baby. So comfortable in fact, I slept right through breakfast!

First Class Amenity Kit

First Class Amenity Kit

Slumber Mode on the Malaysia Airlines Frist Class Seat

Slumber Mode on the Malaysia Airlines Frist Class Seat

I’m only nitpicking here as there really is little to fault, but the addition of a mattress (like JAL’s Tempur-pedic) would make this the best first class bed in the skies today.

Final Thoughts—
Well what can I say? The new Malaysia Airlines A380 first class experience was superb. The in-flight crew were fantastic, the cabin is spacious and nicely designed, and everything I tried from the menu was fresh and delicious. The seat is comfortable and well-built for tall travelers with plenty of storage space. The in-flight entertainment system was easy to use and had an extensive array of films, music, TV programs and games to keep you occupied. Malaysia Airlines currently operate their A380s on the KUL-LHR, KUL-CDG and KUL-HKG routes only. If you’re looking for a truly memorable flight experience, give Malaysia Airlines a try—you won’t be disappointed.

Check back in the coming days as I will be posting the second half of my journey with Malaysia Airlines: a 11 hour layover at Kuala Lumpur Airport

For more information on Malaysia Airlines’ First Class

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13 Responses to Malaysia Airlines A380 First Class Trip Report CDG-KUL

  1. Sea-Tac Ginger says:

    Does Malaysia Airlines have a business class section on their A380? If so, how do you think it compares to first class?

    • FABFLYER says:

      Hello Sea-Tac Ginger,
      Yes. they have 66 business class seats on the top deck of the A380. Although, I only sat in the business seat for a few minutes, there is really no comparison to first. I’m scheduled to report on the Malaysia’s business class seat product later in the year. Please check back for that report in the coming months and thanks again for the comment.
      All the best,
      FABFLYER

  2. Jacintha says:

    Bravo FAB!! This is a fantastic trip report. Luv the photos! I’m jealous. 🙂 Any plans for an SQ A380 report?
    Cheers,
    Ja

    • FABFLYER says:

      Hi Jacintha,
      Thanks. I’ll be doing a Star Alliance RTW trip soon and the SQ A380 Suites are on the top of my list.
      Kind Regards,
      F.

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  5. Jon says:

    Im going to be taking MH A380 F in a few months with my partner, what 2 seats would u recommend?

    • FABFLYER says:

      Hi There Jon!
      Wow! What a great airline. Really loved my flight. If you two are flying in First I would recommend seats 1 D, G as they are really quiet and farthest away from the galley noise. I tried out the business class seats too when I was on board and I think you might like row 17, especially 17 A,C as they are away from all the infant seats (in row 6) and there is no one behind you so I’m sure it would be nice and quiet. Where are you flying too?
      Enjoy!
      F.

      • Jon says:

        We’re flying HKG-KUL-LHR//CDG-KUL-HKG all on the A380 F

        1 D and G sounds good, but that means no looking out of the window while drinking Dom (The horror!)

        Do you think row 1 window + a middle would b a good idea?

        • FABFLYER says:

          1A and 1D would be good choices too. I sat in 2K and then moved over to 1A when I flew in April. Not a bad seat in the house!
          Cheers, F.

  6. tim says:

    Fantastic trip report. Excellent photography.

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