Dan sesungguhnya telah Kami berikan hikmat kepada Luqman, yaitu: "Bersyukurlah kepada Allah. Dan barangsiapa yang bersyukur (kepada Allah), maka sesungguhnya ia bersyukur untuk dirinya sendiri; dan barangsiapa yang tidak bersyukur, maka sesungguhnya Allah Maha Kaya lagi Maha Terpuji." (LUqman:12)

MAS provide flight A380 Brisbane-KUL

Malaysia Airlines will introduce its all-new Airbus A330-300 onto Brisbane-Kuala Lumpur flights from April 20th.

MAS has fifteen factory-fresh A330s on order, all of which will sport the same stylish livery seen on this aircraft, with red and blue stripes soaring up the sides of the plane to trail off into the sky (instead of running horizontally along the lower half of the fuselage).

Priced at $222 million each, the A330-300 order is part of an extensive fleet renewal program. This also includes Malaysia Airlines' first Airbus A380 due in April 2012 and which will also debut the airline's first premium economy cabin among its massive 508 seat capacity (50 more than Qantas and second only to Lufthansa and Air France in maxing out the super-jumbo's load).

Each of the new A330s has a revamped interior with variable mood lighting across all cabins and more spacious overhead baggage compartments. Every seat is equipped with AC power and USB socket for keeping laptops and tablets charged up during the flight.

A Malaysia Airlines spokeswoman confirmed with Australian Business Traveller that the business class cabin would continue sport the same 2-2-2 configuration as on the older A330s it replaces, rather than the despised middle seat of a tighter-fit 2-3-2 layout. There will be 36 seats in business class and 247 in economy.

Business class passengers can also enjoy MAS' Golden Lounge at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which travel guidebook company Frommers rates as one of the world's best airline lounges.

Malaysia Airlines offer five times a week direct services from Brisbane to Kuala Lumpur with convenient onward connections to over 100 destinations. All five services will be operated by the new A330-300 aircraft.

The A330 will appear on all five weekly flights between Brisbane and the Malaysian capital.

The northbound MH134 service departs from Brisbane every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11.20pm, arriving in Kuala Lumpur at 5.45am the next morning. The return flight MH135 leaves Kuala Lumpur on the same days at 9.20am to reach Brisbane by 7.40pm.

MAS has been giving the Australian market plenty of attention of late, only last month boosting its flights between Adelaide and Kuala Lumpur to six times per week.

The airline also came in ahead of Qantas for customer satisfaction in the latest Roy Morgan survey, with 85% of passengers reporting they were either ‘very satisfied’ or ‘fairly satisfied' with their experiences on Malaysia Airlines.

A380 Air France Jet Accident

Los Angeles Times

The National Transportation Safety Board plans to investigate what happened Monday night when a huge Air France A380 jet clipped a smaller aircraft at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, CNN reported Tuesday. No one was reported injured in the incident.

The A380, the world's biggest passenger jet, collided with the tail of a Delta Connection Comair Bombardier CRJ-700 while taxiing to the runway for takeoff, CNN said. The Delta plane had earlier arrived from Boston.

CNN correspondent Jim Bittermann, who was on the Air France flight headed to Paris, said that he felt a slight rumble as his plane was moving on the ground Monday at about 8:15 p.m. The pilot then stopped the aircraft, and eventually fire department crews surrounded it and the other plane, CNN reported.

Both planes sustained some damage.

The much-heralded A380, sporting wings almost as long as a football field, has proven to be a mixed blessing for some airports, which have had to adapt to its heft. Reporting in 2009, Los Angeles Times reporter Dan Weikel wrote of LAX:

"Service roads, taxiways and runways must be closed to airfield trucks, cars and other commercial aircraft as the world's largest passenger plane -- with wings almost as long as a football field -- arrives, departs and taxis with an official escort of operations vehicles.

"The plane is so immense that air traffic controllers give it priority so it doesn't have to wait for takeoff at the end of the airport's southern runways in cloudy or foggy weather because it can disrupt radio signals from the airport's instrument landing system."

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