Sep 18th, 2007 by bismut
Malaysia Airlines is going to introduce more destinations in the future by focusing more on South Asia and Australia. This will be a good move by Malaysia Airlines because these regions has a lot more potential and cheaper to fly there. I think more Malaysian can afford to fly there comparing to those countries in North and South American continent. How many of Malaysians or Argentinians who will want to pay RM8000 (USD2285) to fly Kuala Lumpur – Buenos Aires route? Unless I am a big fan of Boca Juniors, I will not be going to Argentina soon.
MAS reschedules routes for continued profitable operations
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is firmly on the path towards continued profitable operations.
In a statement, managing director/chief executive officer Datuk Idris Jala said this was based on the airline’s route analysis initiatives and the continuous upgrade of customer value propositions.
“Having successfully anchored all aspects of our operations to the P&L (profit & loss), we are working aggressively towards becoming a five-star airline with a low-cost carrier’s cost,” he said in announcing the changes to MAS’ international network for the Northern Winter 2007 operations, starting Oct 28.
Idris said these attributes had been factored into the new schedules, with emphasis on regions like South Asia and Australia.
“These regions continue to be promising and have further potential to contribute towards the profitability of the company,” he said.
MAS said it would add a fourth weekly frequency every Thursday on the Kuala Lumpur-Maldives-Colombo-Kuala Lumpur route and a similar frequency on the Kuala Lumpur/Bangalore route every Saturday.
It would also introduce two weekly morning frequencies on the KL/Chennai/KL route every Thursday and Sunday.
In view of encouraging demand, the current Tuesday frequency of the KL/Hyderabad return flight now using the 229-seater Airbus A330-200 aircraft would be upgraded to a 294-seater Airbus A330-300 flight effective Oct 28, it said.
MAS said a new destination, Lahore/Pakistan, would be added effective Jan 7.
“We will operate three weekly flights (on Monday, Thursday and Saturday) from KL to this city. This destination will be linked to the KL-Karachi return route,” it said.
The airline said the present twice-weekly KL/Istanbul return direct A330-200 service would be realigned to twice-weekly KL-Dubai-Istanbul return service effective Jan 8.
MAS said for the Malaysia-Australia operations, a fifth weekly frequency on Tuesdays would be introduced on the KL/Adelaide return route during the peak period effective Dec 4 to Feb 6.
“Likewise, a third weekly evening frequency will be mounted for the KL/Perth return route every Wednesday during the peak period effective Dec 5 to Feb 7,” it said.
On the China operations, MAS said the present four-time weekly KL-Xiamen frequency would be reduced to thrice weekly effective Oct 28. – Bernama