A380 in Malaysia Airlines livery. Courtesy , MAS

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has revealed the design and specifications of its new flagship aircraft, the Airbus A380-800, which is set to enter the MAS fleet in July.

New exterior livery mixes traditional “wau” heritage with more contemporary colors.

The 494-seat aircraft has a three-class configuration of eight first-class seats, 350 economy seats on the main deck, plus 66 business and 70 more economy seats on the upper deck. For the first time, the airline’s “Chef on Call” service will be extended to business passengers.

The first A380 will operate three-times weekly from Kualu Lumpur to London starting July 1, with the second aircraft doubling up on that same route from the end of August. The third aircraft will serve Kuala Lumpur-Sydney.

“The investment in this latest aircraft, its technology, futuristic style and innovative design in cabin comfort are our initiatives to ensure that our passengers continue to experience an exciting new level of comfort, luxury and convenience. This is the identity that will move us from traditional classic to premium contemporary in our efforts to position Malaysia Airlines as a Preferred Premium Carrier,” CEO Encik Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said in a statement.