Malaysia Airlines Bans Infants in First Class

USA Today: Malaysia Airlines has banned babies in the first-class sections of its Boeing 747-400 jets. It also plans to do the same in its yet-to-be-delivered Airbus A380 superjumbo jets, according to the Australian Business Traveller.

The publication reports Malaysia Airlines CEO Tengku Azmil says the carrier is responding to complaints from first-class passengers about crying infants.

Azmil, who conducted a back-and-forth with an Australian Business Traveller reporter via Twitter, says the first-class passenger complaints center on the fact that they "spend money on 1st class and can't sleep due to crying infants."

Australian Business Traveller notes Malaysia Airlines' 747-400s fly long-haul routes between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, London and Amsterdam. The carrier will deploy its A380s on those routes next year as it takes delivery of those aircraft, according to the publication.

As for Malaysia Airlines' A380s, the carrier expects to take delivery of its first one next June, according to the Malaysian news agency Bernama.

CEO Azmil tells Bernama the A380 will be the "best MAS (Malaysia Airlines) would have on its fleet."

Australian Business Traveller says Malaysian Airlines will configure its A380s "with 508 seats -- 50 more than Qantas and second only to Lufthansa and Air France in maxing out the super-jumbo's capacity."


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