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Malaysia Airlines - the official carrier for Borneo Jazz Festival 2012

Subang, 10 May 2012: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is the official carrier for the Borneo Jazz Festival 2012, formerly known as the Miri International Jazz Festival.

This is in support of the government’s National Key Economic Area for Tourism as outlined in the Economic Transformation Programme, which amongst others targets for more international events in Malaysia to increase tourist arrivals.

As official carrier, MAS is flying seven foreign and one local jazz bands into Sarawak for this festival that will be held at the Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri from May 11 – 12, 2012.

Those attending this year’s festival will enjoy exciting jazz performances by the New Cool Collective from the Netherlands, Schalk Joubert’s 3 Continents Sextet (South Africa, USA, Norway, Sweden), Nita Aartsen (Indonesia), SLIXS (Germany), Koh Mr Saxman and Takeshi Band (Thailand), Tangora (France), Tropic Green (Singapore) and F.V.E. Project (Malaysia).

Malaysia Airlines' travel arm, MASholidays also designed packages to attract visitors not only from Penisular Malaysia and neighbouring Brunei and Singapore but also from the region and overseas to this festival. The packages also allow visitors to attend the festival at night and during the day, visit places of interest or participate in the local activities at very affordable prices.

In addition the national carrier is providing direct air connectivity into Miri through 4 daily non-stop flights from Kuching, 3 daily non-stop flights from Kuala Lumpur, a daily flight from Singapore whilst its subsidiary MASwings is offering 3 daily flights from Kota Kinabalu to Miri.

Jazz enthusiasts who wish to travel to enjoy the jazz renditions at this festival can book their travels on Malaysia Airlines or MASwings through,, Malaysia Airlines 24 hours toll free number 1-300-88-3000, and Malaysia Airlines ticket offices as well as the national carrier’s appointed agents in Malaysia.


Jaaz_borneo - Starting fifth from left: Members of the New Cool Collective band Benjamin Herman (saxophone), Anton Goudsmit (guitar), Leslie Lopez (bass), Joost Kroon (drums), Willem Friede (keyboard & arrangements),Jos de Haas (percussion),  Frank van Dok (percussion) and David Rockefeller (trumpet) are flanked by friendly Malaysia Airlines staff before their departure yesterday via Malaysia Airlines from Amsterdam to Miri, Sarawak for the Borneo Jazz Festival.

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