Malaysia Airlines Increases Capacity Across Network
Malaysia Airlines continues to drive its expansion model with capacity and frequency increases from Kuala Lumpur to regional destinations in Malaysia and throughout key international destinations in Asia, Australasia and beyond.
“In recent weeks, we have launched flights to Darwin, Dubai and Kochi in India and increased our services to Brunei and Medan in Indonesia. Soon, we will add capacity and increase the frequency of our flights to Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne too”, says Group CEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya. “As travel to Asian and Australasiandestinations continues to grow, we are strengthening our footprint across the region and beyond in response to these market needs.”
Malaysia Airlines has seen a steady increase in passenger traffic since the start of 2013 matching the added capacity. Seat loads have also improved, registering 83.3% in July 2013, equivalent to a 9.1% increase from the previous year.
Earlier this year, the airline joined the oneworld alliance, offering passengers access to a global network served by partners including some of the biggest airlines in the world. Malaysia Airlines celebrated the reinstatement of its Dubai service in August, Kochi became a new destination this month and Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory will be the national carrier’s new destination for November 2013. Malaysia Airlines has also recently announced increased airlift to capital cities Auckland and Yangon.
Capacity and Frequency increases:
- Sydney, Australia – Double daily operations from Sydney will be increased with four additional weekly flights bringing it to 18 flights per week from 21 November 2013. A popular route for UK travellers, this will increase to 21 weekly flights from 5 February 2014.
- Melbourne, Australia – Malaysia Airlines is also increasing its double daily frequency from London Heathrow into Melbourne via Kuala Lumpur to triple daily from 21 November 2013. The new frequency, MH147 will depart Kuala Lumpur daily following an A380 direct service from London Heathrow and will arrive in Melbourne the following morning.
- Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei – Saw an 11% increase in capacity into and out of Bandar Seri Begawan with the bigger B737-800 series (160-seats) aircraft effective 15 August 2013, which replaces the previous B737-400 series.
- Medan, Indonesia – Added a third daily frequency from Kuala Lumpur into the Medan effective 15 September 2013, making it 6,720 seats weekly in and out of Medan.
- Singapore – New daily flights MH623 ex-Kuala Lumpur for Singapore and MH624 ex-Singapore for Kuala Lumpur offer smoother travel and good connections to popular destinations such as Delhi and Beijing.