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Unloved A380 Gets Lifeline With Plan for 700-Seat Hajj Fleet

  • Six surplus Airbus superjumbos to form core of pilgrim service
  • Demand could support 20 double-deckers within five years
A passenger looks at his luggage on a trolley at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Malaysia.
Photographer: Charles Pertwee/Bloomberg
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Malaysia Airlines Bhd. said it will use six surplus Airbus Group SE A380 superjumbos to form the core of a fleet of 700-seat jets dedicated to transporting Muslim travelers on the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Peter Bellew, the carrier’s chief executive officer, met with Airbus’s senior management in Toulouse, France, on Wednesday to hammer out details of the plan, he said in an interview, adding that the meetings were “very positive.”