MAS weekend sale returns with 150,000 seats from RM39

General News January 30th, 2009

maslogo111KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30 — The weekend sale by Malaysia Airlines is back with all-inclusive fares starting from RM39 nett for flights throughout Peninsular Malaysia and RM69 from/to Kuala Lumpur to Sabah and Sarawak as well as from Johor Bahru to Kuching.

A total of 150,000 seats are available for purchase online for two days only — tomorrow and Sunday — for travel from March 2 till Aug 31.

Malaysia Airlines’ Weekend Specials kicked off two weeks ago for the first time and has returned due to overwhelming customer response.

MAS senior general manager Dr Amin Khan said: “The Weekend Specials was very well-received and demonstrated to us that people will continue to travel when the right product is offered at the right price.”

He added: “Now that we have removed the domestic fuel surcharge, customers will be able to enjoy really low fares with no hidden charges. This is in addition to the premium services offered including refreshments on board, convenient schedules, on time departures, 20kg baggage allowance and allocated seats.”

Seats must be purchased online at least 30 days before departure at the MAS website (www.malaysiaairlines.com). Flight dates cannot be changed and tickets are non-refundable. The promotional fares are not available during peak travel periods.

MAS removes chicken from menu on flights from China

General News January 29th, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 — In light of the government’s indefinite ban on chicken imports from China, Malaysia Airlines has removed chicken from its inflight menu for flights out of China, effective today.

Instead, fish, mixed seafood and beef will be served, depending on sectors. However, chicken will remain on the menu for flights out of Malaysia as the meat here is sourced from local farms.

MAS general manager for inflight services Hayati Ali said: “The safety of our passengers is top priority for us at Malaysia Airlines. This move is aimed at ensuring the comfort and well-being of our passengers.”

MAS cuts international fuel surcharge

Travel News January 29th, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 — Malaysia Airlines has slashed fuel surcharges on international flights by as much as 73 per cent after taking into account the decline in fuel prices, competitive pressures and the need to boost air travel during this period of economic slowdown.

Effective tomorrow, the national carrier will remove fuel surcharge from its Singapore and Brunei flights, and reduce by up to 54 per cent the surcharge for flights to/from across Asean.

From Sunday, the fuel surcharge on flights from China will be reduced up to US$100 (RM350), flights from Australia and New Zealand reduced up to US$210 and flights from the Middle East will see a drop of up to US$150.

Africa and North America flights will also see a reduction of up to US$160 and US$185 respectively.

MAS commercial director Datuk Rashid Khan said: “We have always offered competitive fares that are benchmarked against our competitors on a route by route basis. The latest revision in fuel surcharge is to ensure even more competitive pricing.

“Our stand is this: the total amount the customer pays must be competitive, whether it’s the fares alone or fares in combination with the fuel surcharge. What’s important is the total sum of the parts.”

MAS had reduced fuel surcharge for domestic travel on Jan 14 and earlier reduced fuel surcharge for international travel from Malaysia to Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, France and Germany.

Oil prices have fallen by almost 75 per cent since hitting a record high last July of US$147 per barrel. Yesterday, jet fuel, which is priced higher compared to crude oil, was trading at US$55 per barrel.

Despite this, the carrier’s fuel costs are still higher compared to when the surcharge was first introduced in 2004.

“Fuel remains our biggest cost and our fuel bill for FY2008 will be higher than FY2007 as the fuel surcharge only covers about 30 per cent of fuel costs,” said Rashid.

Lowest MAS domestic fares

Travel News January 16th, 2009

PETALING JAYA: For the first time, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is offering the lowest fares for all its domestic destinations with prices starting from RM39 nett.

Customers can also enjoy other all-time low fares from RM69 nett for all flights from or to Kuala Lumpur and to all destinations in Sabah and Sarawak.

The special fare is also available from Johor Baru to Kuching.

MAS senior general manager (network and revenue management) Dr Amin Khan said they were offering their best deals ever for domestic routes with 250,000 seats up for sale.

The seats would be on sale for two days from tomorrow on MAS’ website www.malaysiaairlines.com.my and the travel period is between Feb 5 and Aug 31. – Source: The Star

MAS removes fuel surcharge on domestic travel

Travel News January 13th, 2009

Malaysia AirlinesмебелиSUBANG, Jan 13 – Malaysia Airlines will remove its domestic fuel surcharge for travel in Malaysia, effective Jan 14.

The national flag carrier made the decision after taking into account the decline in fuel prices, competitive pressures and the need to boost air travel during this period of economic slowdown.

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Seri Idris Jala said, “We have always offered competitive fares that are benchmarked against our competitors on a route by route basis. Today’s move is in line with the competition, ensuring even more competitive pricing.

“Our stand is the total amount that the customer pays must be competitive, whether it’s the fares alone or fares in combination with the fuel surcharge. It’s the total sum of the parts that matters.”

The removal of the fuel surcharge will see more competitive prices for MH Value Fares which offers four fare options for economy class travel – MHlow, MHbasic, MHsmart and MHflex.

“There will be more value travelling with Malaysia Airlines as on top of the removal of the fuel surcharge, the fare options offer discounts off the fares – MHlow up to 70 per cent discount, MHbasic, up to 50 per cent; and MHsmart, up to 20 per cent,” he said.

For international travel, Malaysia Airlines have earlier reduced fuel surcharge for travel from Malaysia to Korea, Japan, Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore, and from other points of sales to various destinations.

From Malaysia, the reductions are RM126 (US$36) to Korea, RM105 (US$30) to Japan, RM80.50 (US$23) to Paris, RM38.50 (US$11) to Hong Kong and RM28 (US$8) to Singapore.

“We are always reviewing the surcharge as we continue to benchmark the international fuel surcharge against our competitors. In markets where other carriers are the major players, we will follow if they drop the surcharge. In markets where we lead, we will evaluate the customer demand vs supply,” Jala added.

Despite recent falls in oil price, Malaysia Airlines’ fuel costs are still higher compared to when surcharge was first introduced in 2004.

“Fuel remains our biggest cost and our fuel bill for FY2008 will be higher than FY2007 as the fuel surcharge only covers about 30 per cent of the fuel cost,” he said.

Airlines use jet fuel which is higher priced compared to crude oil. On Jan 12, 2009, a barrel of jet fuel cost US$60.60 compared to US$40.83 per barrel (WTI) for crude.