Malaysia Airlines 'very happy' with A380s

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Malaysia Airlines (MAS) says its Airbus A380s have been "well-received" by passengers, and that it is looking at whether it could add more of the aircraft type to its fleet.

The Oneworld carrier has six A380s, which it deploys on twice daily services to London, and daily services to Paris and Hong Kong.

"The A380s have load factors in the high 80s. There is certainly an appeal there and passengers love to fly the aircraft," its group chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told Flightglobal Pro in a recent interview on the sidelines of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines' assembly of presidents in Hong Kong.

"That A380 decision is constantly being looked at, but to date we have no decision," he adds.

The carrier's commercial director Hugh Dunleavy says there are a number of cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo and Amsterdam that could "potentially take the A380".

"At the moment, we're very happy with how the A380s are performing but from a business risk perspective, we also have to look forward to say what if there's a downturn and I have these big planes out there. We're keeping it under review to see if we receive more opportunities to fly it to new locations," he adds.

Flightglobal Pro data shows that MAS' six A380s are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. The aircraft have 494 seats in a three-class configuration.