Malaysia Airlines to Rebrand First Class to Business Suites

Business Suites, which are essentially an upgraded version of business class, will launch on December 12.

Passengers will soon be able to fly in what is ostensibly first-class, but book it under the Business Suites branding. Photo: Malaysia Airlines

According to Australian Business Traveller, Malaysia Airlines has announced that it will be rebranding its first class-cabins on Airbus A380 and A350 to Business Suites, which are essentially an upgraded version of business class.

Clearing the air about the name change, Malaysian Airlines said: “We realize that with the recent economic situation, a lot pf people have moved away from first class, and a lot of corporate passengers now have the limitation of not flying first class (due to) corporate policy, so we want to cater to that market and open it up.”

As such, passengers will soon be able to fly in what is essentially first-class, but book it under the Business Suites branding when it launches on December 12.

Bridging the gap between first class and business class.

Business Suites fares will be priced between its current average business class and first-class suites, allowing the airline to upsell business class passengers into first class.

Those flying in Business Suites will still be able to enjoy the same dining experience, in-flight amenities, and Malaysia Airlines lounge access as they would when flying first class.

Those flying in Business Suites will still be able to enjoy the same dining experience, in-flight amenities, and Malaysia Airlines lounge access as they would when flying first class.

In addition, KL’s First Class Golden Lounge is being renamed as Business Suites Golden Lounge to align with the airline’s changes.

That said, Business Suites passengers won’t have access to the first-class lounges of Oneworld partner airlines including Qantas, when Malaysia Airlines’ A350 and A380 jets fly between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur (unless they also hold Oneworld Emerald-grade frequent flyer status).

Currently, the Malaysian flag carrier’s six Airbus A350s flies the following routes: Kuala Lumpur – London, along with services to Tokyo/Narita and Osaka and, seasonally, Sydney.

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