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September 3, 2013 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Malaysia Airlines is the largest foreign carrier operating to Malaysia from Australia. By November 2013, the new air services agreement will enable the full service carrier to increase its Australian operation from its current 53 flights weekly up to 72 flights weekly.

Effective 21 November 2013, the Malaysian national carrier will be introducing its third service into Melbourne and will provide three times daily flights between Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur. In addition, Malaysia Airlines will increase to 18 weekly flights to Sydney. The airline is planning to increase up to 14 flights weekly to Perth, effective 23 November 2013. Malaysia Airlines will also be expanding to Darwin by introducing five flights weekly to the new destination, from 1 November 2013.

Malaysia Airlines expansion into Australia 2013As at 05th February, Sydney will be operating three times daily flights to Kuala Lumpur which will increase its Australian operations to 75 flights every week.

Currently, Malaysia Airlines operates 14 weekly flights to Melbourne, 14 flights to Sydney, 11 flights to Perth as well as daily flights to Brisbane and Adelaide from Kuala Lumpur. Beginning 27 October 2013, flights between Kota Kinabalu and Perth will be increased to two times weekly with the introduction of one new weekly service to fulfill the encouraging demand on this route.

The 75 weekly services to six Australian cities in February 2013 will give Malaysia Airlines 40,714 seats between Australia and Kuala Lumpur, an additional of 10,962 seats or 37% capacity growth compared to the current 29,752 seats per week.

The key Australian routes to Kuala Lumpur are Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane which will be operated on A330-300 aircrafts. However, Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur services on MH148/MH149 and Sydney – Kuala Lumpur MH142/MH143 will be operated on the B777-200 aircrafts.

As at 05th February, all services between Australian routes to Kuala Lumpur will be operated on the new A330-300 aircrafts, except routes to Darwin and Perth to Kota Kinabalu services which will be operated on the B737-800 aircraft.

The A330-300 aircraft is configured with 36 Business and 247 Economy seats and will provide premium travel experience with on demand in-flight entertainment system at every seat. Meanwhile, the B777-200 features 35 seats in Business Class and 245 in Economy Class.

Services between Perth – Kota Kinabalu and Darwin – Kuala Lumpur will be on the new and improved 160-seater B737-800. The aircraft is configured with 16 Business and 144 Economy seats, offering premium cabin services.

Due to the peak holiday season, extra capacity has also been added to the Auckland – Kuala Lumpur route from six times weekly to daily, effective 25 November 2013 – 27 January 2014.The airline will also be increasing flights between Adelaide and Kuala Lumpur with one additional flight per week between 20 December 2013 and 18 January 2014. The additional Adelaide service will be an addition of the current daily service.

Malaysia Airlines Regional Senior Vice President of Australia, New Zealand & South West Pacific, Mr Lee Poh Kait said, “Malaysia Airlines needs to grow in tandem with the growth of the region. This means investing in our fleet, in the quality of our products and services. As the Malaysian national carrier, we have decided to expand our capacity into Australia, especially to key markets such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. We are happy to reinstate Darwin into Malaysia Airlines’ network to extend our reach and strengthen our offering to customers.”

“We would like to thank our customers and trade partners for their on-going support which enable us to meet the growing demand for air travel in this region” Mr Lee added.

Last year, Malaysia Airlines marked the entry of its first A380 into its fleet. The airlines new flagship A380-800 aircraft services Kuala Lumpur to London, Paris and Hong Kong. The new aircraft showcases the airlines newest premium offerings in products and services for these non-stop services.

In February 2013, the airline commenced operations as a full member of the award winning oneworld alliance. The alliance serves almost 160 countries with special privileges and rewards for frequent flyers, including earning and redeeming miles and points across the entire alliance network.

Customers can book their travel on Malaysia through all distribution channels mainly, Malaysia Airlines 24 hours toll free number 132 627 (within Australia), MHmobile, Malaysia Airlines ticket offices and appointed agents throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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