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Malaysia Airlines Increases Frequencies To Its Regional And Long Haul Network From 25 March 2012

Subang (8 January 2012): Malaysia Airlines is increasing its weekly frequencies to several ASEAN destinations as well as to Beijing, Taipei and Los Angeles effective 25 March 2012 to cater for the anticipated capacity demand in the northern summer season this year.

The current twice daily Kuala Lumpur-Manila return sector operations will be complemented with a 50% frequency increase resulting in 1,120 more seats in each direction with the introduction of another daily B737-800 flight. With this, Malaysia Airlines will have 21 weekly flights between Kuala Lumpur and Manila effective 25 March 2012.

Likewise, the Kuala Lumpur-Phnom Penh return route, now operated with nine weekly frequencies, will be further increased with another two weekly flights on Tuesday and Thursday from that date, followed by another three weekly services on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday effective 1 May 2012. This will double the airline’s daily B737 flights between the two cities.

For the Indonesian market, Malaysia Airlines will introduce two weekly B737-800 flights for the Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta return route effective 25 March 2012 on Tuesday and Thursday resulting in a total of 42 weekly services between the two capital cities.

Connectivity between Kuala Lumpur-Medan will be doubled with the addition of another weekly B737 service on Friday, making it two flights daily from that date.

Malaysia Airlines will also operate four daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok effective 25 March 2012 with the introduction of an additional flight on Sunday between the two cities.

There is also great news for travelers to Beijing, Taipei and Los Angeles.

From 25 March, the national carrier’s current B777-200 operations to Beijing from KLIA will be doubled to twice daily, offering customers a choice of the existing morning and the new evening departures from KLIA to suit their convenience. An additional 1,974 seats will be offered through this 100% increase in weekly frequency between KLIA and Beijing.

Meanwhile, the current three weekly flights MH 94/95 for Kuala Lumpur–Taipei–Los Angeles and return on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday will be revised to operate four times weekly as flights MH 92/93 Kuala Lumpur–Tokyo (Narita)–Los Angeles return on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. This represents a 33% increase in seat capacity on the Kuala Lumpur-Los Angeles return route.

Arising from this revised routing to Los Angeles and return, the Taipei-Los Angeles return sector will be delinked from the national carrier’s network effective 23 March 2012.

However Malaysia Airlines will increase frequency on the existing Kuala Lumpur–Taipei return sector by operating an additional three weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday effective 27 March 2012 using the B737-800 aircraft.

Together with the existing four weekly B737-800 flights, the national carrier will offer direct daily connectivity between KLIA and Taipei by providing an additional capacity of 480 seats (75% increase) in each direction.

Malaysia Airlines will also continue to offer direct daily connectivity between Kota Kinabalu and Taipei using the B737-400 aircraft with a capacity of 16 Business Class and 128 Economy Class seats.

Malaysia Airlines’ flight frequency expansion is in line with the airline’s Business Plan revealed on 7 December 2011 where the national carrier’s network focus going forward is on the core ASEAN region where its presence is the strongest.

In raising flight frequencies to these key Asian cities, the move will enable Malaysia Airlines to benefit from the strong growth in regional demand. It is also expected to increase full service flight passenger arrivals into Malaysia to further contribute positively towards the Malaysian tourism industry.

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