Malaysia Airlines will end services to Brisbane in just six weeks time and may also cut back its Perth-Kuala Lumpur services.
The carrier’s last Kuala Lumpur-Brisbane flight (MH135) will depart on 8 August 2015, with the final return service (MH134) same day.
The future of services to Perth is rather more mysterious. Australian Business Traveller points out that Perth’s five-times-weekly MH126/127 flights no longer appear for sale on the airline’s website beyond 15 August 2015, “while the city’s daily MH124/125 flights seemingly remain untouched”.
When ABT contacted Malaysia Airlines to check, a spokesperson said MAS was still considering whether the Perth changes would be temporary or permanent.
As for Brisbane, “Malaysia Airlines regrets the inconvenience caused to passengers as a result of these changes and assures that customers holding tickets to and from Brisbane will be eligible for a refund or re-accommodated on alternative flights,” the spokesperson said.
“Connectivity will be maintained via Malaysia Airlines flights to other destinations within the Australia region, with connections on our Oneworld partner, Qantas Airways, to/from Brisbane.”
Some sort of pruning was expected from MAS. Its new chief executive Christoph Mueller, the man who turned around Irish national carrier Aer Lingus, announced plans earlier this month for a restructuring that will cut the company’s workforce by a third.
The airline has confirmed previously disclosed plans to cut 6000 jobs, shrinking its workforce to 14,000.
MAS plans to reduce overall capacity this year. The carrier has been trying to sell two of its A380s, Mueller confirmed, but would keep all its current types of aircraft including A330s, B777-200s and B737-800s.
Written by Peter Needham