Statement by Malaysia Airlines' Director of Operations
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 6:00 PM GMT +8.
INFANT TRAVEL ON MALAYSIA AIRLINES
In view of the recent media attention on the above subject, Malaysia Airlines wishes to clarify as follows:
Currently Malaysia Airlines operates an aircraft fleet comprising B737s, Airbus A330s, B777s and B747s.
Except for B747s, the remaining aircraft are currently configured for Business and Economy class travel. All these aircraft are equipped with bassinet facilities to cater for infant travel.
Likewise, bassinet facilities were originally available in the First, Business and Economy class zones of the 747's.
In 2003, Malaysia Airlines embarked on a revamp of First and Business class cabin of the B747s. The First class seat configuration was reduced from 18 to 12 for passengers to enjoy increased cabin space and extended legroom.
Each new seat came with an electrically operated ottoman that doubles as a visitor seat and could convert to a lie-flat bed with the main seat. As a result of this seat revamp and the introduction of the ottoman, there was no facility for positioning bassinets in the First Class of the B747s.
The reconfigured B747s were mounted into our flight network since November 2004.
Since then Malaysia Airlines has been accepting infants for travel in Economy and Business class of the flights operated by 747 aircraft.
The B747 aircraft is currently used for flights on certain routes like Sydney-Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur-London, Kuala Lumpur-Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur-Buenos Aires.
Capt Mohamed Azharuddin Osman
Director of Operations
29 June 2011 Official statement with regard to infant travel on Malaysia Airlines' First Class cabin