Malaysia airlines is adding 10 more flights from India to Kuala Lumpur from 1 September and the airline along with Tourism Malaysia, is extending two nights complimentary stay for its passengers till 31 October, as part of ‘Showcase Malaysia Dream Deal 2012’ promotion.
Three additional flights each from Chennai and Bengaluru and four additional flights from Mumbai will add to current daily flights from these three cities to Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia Airlines also connects 12 times a week to New Delhi and daily to Hyderabad, making the total India Kuala Lumpur flight count to 50.
‘Showcase Malaysia Dream Deal 2012’ extends two nights complimentary stay in Malaysia on purchase of any international air ticket to Malaysia or beyond on Malaysia Airlines. Complimentary stay is offered at a five star hotel for business class and at a four star hotel for economy passengers.
Malaysia has also enhanced its in-flight food and beverage menu. Duncan Bureau, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Distribution, Malaysia Airlines said: “Our passengers now enjoy a new collection of premium wines and champagne from France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Australia and can get the taste of Indian cuisines while selecting from our new and enhanced menu. We are also in full preparation to join the ‘oneworld’ alliance and have streamlined our loyalty programme guidelines, for passengers to cherish the connectivity and hospitality of the Malaysia Airlines and the alliance members.”
The airline has streamlined cabin baggage rules to suit ‘oneworld’ alliance. Economy passengers can carry seven kilogram (in place of five kilogram) as part of the cabin baggage and First and business class passengers can carry two pieces of seven kilogram cabin baggage.
Zakkir Ahmed, Managing Director, Trust Travels & Tours and President, Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) said: “Additional air capacity to any destination is a sign of progress. There’s good demand in leisure and business traffic from India to Malaysia. These extra flights will also help in picking up additional demand created by Air Asia X that pulled out due to high operation costs unsustainable for its business model. Tourism Malaysia has created a strong platform for the trade to promote Malaysia and continues to play a good catalyst.”
Air Asia X pulled out four weekly flights from Mumbai in January and daily flights from New Delhi in March.
India ranked sixth among top arrival markets for Malaysia in 2010 & 2011. 693,056 Indians visited Malaysia in 2011.
Written by : Anand & Madhura Katti