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5 August 2013, Subang: Malaysia Airlines’ inaugural commercial flight MH162 to Dubai took off from KL International Airport (KLIA) at 11.30pm today, scheduled to arrive at Dubai International Airport at 2.20am tomorrow. The return flight MH163 departs Dubai at 4.10am to arrive at Kuala Lumpur at 3.25pm.
The flight left after a simple send-off reception at the KLIA attended by Malaysia Airlines top management staff and the passengers on-board MH162.
Malaysia Airlines, Commercial Director, Dr Hugh Noel Dunleavy said, “We see great potential in Dubai. Dubai is a tourism, trade and logistics hub which has earned itself the reputation as being the gateway between the east and the west. Home to just over 2 million people of more than 200 nationalities, Dubai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. With world-class shopping and leisure facilities, Dubai is a popular destination for business and leisure. As we expand our network we want to prepare our products and services to serve our guests better each time they fly us. Our focus is ultimately customer satisfaction." he said.
MASholidays, the travel and tour arm of Malaysia Airlines, is also offering two exclusive yet incredibly affordable tour packages to Dubai in conjunction with the national carrier's commencement of services to the United Arab Emirates’ capital. Customers can choose from two attractive packages of either group or individual departure which are tailor-made to suit Malaysian travellers. These 5days/3nights packages are reasonably priced at RM3499 and RM2840 respectively for inaugural date departures.
The package will bring guests to experience several iconic landmarks in Dubai including the famous Burj Khalifa. They will be taken right to the top of the 124-floor building, to the observation deck to experience the grandeur and exhilaration of being on the top of this breath-taking building. Several famous eateries that serve sensational Middle Eastern and international cuisines are also in the list for this package. The Address in Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping and entertainment destinations in the world and The Palace Downtown are surely highlights of the trip. Located on the Old Town Island, The Palace Downtown Dubai is a resort within the city, at the heart of a traditional Arabian village, faced with a striking symbol of modernity. Built on the edge of a lake, The Palace Downtown Dubai is a harmonious blend of Middle Eastern heritage and contemporary Dubai.
A two-class configured Boeing 777-200 aircraft will be operated on this Kuala Lumpur - Dubai - Kuala Lumpur route and it will offer a total capacity of 282 seats in each flight, equivalent to 3,948 seats weekly.
Malaysia Airlines has been steadily growing its reach and capacity in the past year. Malaysia Airlines regional footprint has also been deepened with increased frequencies, daily and weekly, to key business and leisure cities around Asia. In addition, Malaysia Airlines network is expanded through its various code share agreements and its membership in the oneworld airline alliance since February 2013.
Customers can book their travel on Malaysia Airlines through all distribution channels mainlywww.malaysiaairlines.com, Malaysia Airlines 24 hours toll free number 1 300 88 3000, MHmobile, Malaysia Airlines ticket offices and appointed agents throughout Malaysia. For more information on current promotions and other great getaways by MASholidays, customers are invited to log on tohttp://holiday.malaysiaairlines.com or call +603 7863 4000.