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June 12, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Malaysia Airlines flights to Brisbane have begun once more, marking the airline’s return to Queensland’s capital in a move hailed by everyone, from the airline to the state and its tourism industry.

The Malaysian carrier began service to Brisbane in 1972 and was operating daily frequency until the service was terminated in August 2015 as part of a larger restructuring plan.

Now MAS is back, it will operate a four-times-weekly service using an A330-300 with 290 seats, comprising 27 seats in business class and 263 seats in economy class. The airline is scheduled to fly every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and the first flight touched down last week.

Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the airline would operate four flights per week between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane, with more than 60,000 additional seats a year forecast for the new route.

“Welcoming this international airline back to Queensland is a major coup for our state’s tourism industry, injecting millions into the economy and supporting up to 240 jobs annually,” Jones said.

Malaysia Airlines cabin crew with chief commercial officer Arved von our Muehlen and and Malaysia Airlines’ mascot, Pilot Parker

“This route gives travellers the opportunity to pick Queensland as their gateway to Australia.

“These flights will help us grow our share of key Asian and European markets by tapping into Malaysia Airlines’ extensive network.

“Malaysia is a growing market for international tourists but more importantly, this route gives us a base in Kuala Lumpur which is a thriving international hub that will give us better access to a large number of growing visitor markets throughout Asia.

“When it comes to tourism, the Palaszczuk Government has the runs on the board – in our last term of government we attracted more than 740,000 seats in direct flights worth $570 million a year for our state.”

Malaysia Airlines chief commercial officer Arved von zur Muehlen said Australia was one of the airlines biggest markets, including Brisbane, Australia’s third most populous city.

“We are excited to be returning to Brisbane to offer passengers better connectivity with our four times weekly direct flights into the city. At the same time, this is to also encourage passengers to explore Malaysia, which is famous for its rich attractions,” Muehlen said.

“Our service goes beyond just providing airline travel. We have recently embarked on a brand refresh centred around Malaysian Hospitality. Malaysian Hospitality is what Malaysia Airlines has been long known for – a warm and genuine service which reflects Malaysian culture and traditions.

“We are also committed to building a consistent delivery of exceptional service across all customer touch-points via our latest products and services superior inflight features including lie-flat seats on business class, inflight entertainment, and a wide variety of food incorporating the elements of best of Malaysia aimed at enhancing our passenger’s travel experience.”

Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said Malaysia continues to be a significant source of visitors to Australia, contributing around 400,000 visitors annually.

“These new services will be crucial in opening up Brisbane and Queensland more broadly to Malaysian travellers so we can continue to grow this important tourism market,” he said.

Edited by Peter Needham

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