Airbus A350XWB Asian Tour: Malaysia

Airbus A350XWB - (C) Airbus. Photo by J V Reymondon
Airbus A350XWB – (C) Airbus. Photo by J V Reymondon

A350XWB is a mid-size passenger airplane made by the famous European airplane manufacturer, Airbus. XWB in its name designation is eXtra-Wide Body,  indicating its advancement in widebody airplane manufacturing.

A350XWB uses Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine, the largest turbofan engine (by fan diameter size) ever built for mass-produced aircraft. At 118 inch diameter, the fan diameter is even larger than those on A380 jumbo jet.

The only Malaysian airliner that placed firm order on A350XWB is AirAsia X, which sees the purchase of airplane fits well with their long-term strategy.

Recently Airbus A350XWB has made Malaysia as its final stop for its Asian tour. The airplane landed at KUL – KL International Airport (KLIA) and make a short turnaround flight the following day. Only selected crew members of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and press were invited as part of this program.

Since we are not able to be there for our much-cherished A350XWB, check out some tweets by @Airbus account:

 

 

And on the next day:

 

 

After Malaysia, the A350XWB is now back in Toulouse, France. Toulouse is a city where the final assembly of most Airbus airplanes take place.

 

 

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klia2 Experience – October 14th 2014 [ Part 3 ]

Departure level

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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.16.39
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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.13.56
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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.12.49
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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.14.37
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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.44.14
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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.44.08
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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.43.44
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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.43.35
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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.42.37
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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.42.29
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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.42.15
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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.18.45

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klia2 Experience – October 14th 2014 [ Part 2 ]

Before passengers proceed to boarding gates on Departure level (Level 3), they need to walk through an open air area. There is a dedicated smoking area, some place to sit and relax as well as some greeneries.

klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.11.20
klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.11.20

When klia2 is constructed, a new control tower is also built. It holds the record as the highest control tower in the world with height above 100 meters.

 

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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.09.55

A lot of AirAsia aircraft can be seen at the gates, ready for their early morning departure.

 

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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.06.13

Taxiway

 

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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.05.44

This is the smoking area for klia2.

 

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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.05.30

Another view of AirAsia Airbus A320 aircraft. To save maintenance and training costs, they have decided to use only a single type of Aircraft, namely Airbus A320.

 

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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.05.17
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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.05.08
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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 06.04.08

You can dine open-air at Quizinn by Rasa food court, on Level 2.

Stay tuned for Part 3…

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klia2 Experience – October 14th 2014 [ Part 1 ]

I flew AirAsia to from Kuala Lumpur to Penang on Tuesday, October 14th 2014. The main purpose of the trip is to take a look at the newly-launched klia2 terminal and Penang International Airport which has been renovated recently.

Since it’s an early flight, I decided to come to the airport really early and spend half of my night there. I took the earliest bus available from KL Sentral, which is at 3 AM.

I took Skybus, the official shuttle bus for AirAsia. Other than KL Sentral, Skybus also offer service between 1 Utama and klia2, aimed for those who want to avoid KL traffic jam or just want to buy something at the shopping mall before boarding their aircraft.

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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 05.56.46

It feels very much like an airport in a shopping mall rather than vice versa. There is A LOT of retail space available, making even one-day transit seems short for travelers.

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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 05.56.55

Homegrown restaurant chain, Melur & Thyme will be operating in klia2 real soon.

 

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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 05.58.24

For some unknown reasons, klia2 self check-in kiosks are there for months already but they have not been operating yet.

 

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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 05.58.44

The food court is now operational and they offer a good array of Malaysian delicacies. Did I tell you it comes with an affordable price too?

There is also Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) on Level 2 and the server there is well-trained for tourists. Regardless whether I look Malaysian or not, they will greet and smile at me. There is quite a number of waitstaff in restaurants who only smile at you and treat you nice if you dress up real decent or look like tourists from Western countries.

 

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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 05.58.59

Level 2M or 2 Mezzanine is dubbed as “relaxation zone with generous space to relax and unwind. Some overnight travelers even sleep here.

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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 05.59.07
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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 05.59.50

We can see most of the signages have estimated walking time displayed, enabling people who aren’t familiar with the airport to estimate their time walking to the gate. Being an airport with huge retail space, this will increase foot traffic into the shops.

 

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klia2 Terminal, KL International Airport 2014-10-14 05.59.58

One more minute to departures gate.

 

This is the end of Part 1, I will tell you more about klia2 in Part 2 soon.

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Fastest Way to Travel between KLIA Main Terminal Building and klia2

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klia2 – 2014-07-15 08.12.21

The newly opened klia2 terminal not so far from the existing Main Terminal Building (MTB), Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Before the new terminal opens, low-cost flights were operated at LCCT, a makeshift terminal modified from a cargo terminal. Facilities placement was improper and the previous LCCT was deemed unfit to cater unexpected growth of passengers. Besides, being a cargo terminal, connectivity with MTB is poor.

The new klia2 has dedicated ERL tracks linking it to MTB and upwards to Kuala Lumpur city centre. Both KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit trains stop at klia2 terminal. Therefore, passengers can board either train to travel between MTB and klia2.

RM 2 charge is required for the terminal transfer and it is payable by cash at the ticket counter or via usage of Touch ‘N Go card.

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