Malaysian Carriers Continue To Look East For Long – Term Growth

Malaysian-flagged carriers AirAsia X and Malaysia Airlines continue to look to the Asia-Pacific region for long-term growth and sustainability. The former announced plans to withdraw services from Europe and India, while the latter is boosting flights to Northeast Asia.


Consumers Lose as AirAsia X Cuts Flights

Citing cost pressures from the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme, rising airport passenger duty in the UK and visa restrictions in India, AirAsia X will cancel 4 routes to India, the UK and France. While travellers in India will continue to see affiliate AirAsia serve the country, European travellers will lose their low-cost links to Southeast Asia.


Flights D7 166/167 (Kuala Lumpur – Mumbai), D7 172/173 and D7 176/177 (Kuala Lumpur – Delhi) will be cancelled from 1 February 2012 and 23 March 2012 respectively. AirAsia X will stop flights D7 020/021 (Kuala Lumpur – Paris (Orly)) a week later on 31 March 2012, while flights D7 010/011 and D7 014/015 (Kuala Lumpur – London (Gatwick)) will cease operations a day later on 1 April 2012.


The Malaysian low-cost carrier will however plan a new route to Australia, as it seeks to consolidate its brand presence down under. Sydney is expected to join the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth as AirAsia X’s fourth Australian destination.


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Malaysia Airlines Adds Frequency To Beijing, Taipei

National airline Malaysia Airlines will double the frequency of its Kuala Lumpur – Beijing service, operating the route twice daily. In addition to the existing MH 360/361 daily service, the airline will operate another 7 weekly flights on a split schedule using the Airbus A330-300 aircraft.


The redeye service, flight MH 370, will depart Kuala Lumpur at 0020 hrs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, arriving in Beijing at 0635 hrs before returning as flight MH 371 at 0900 hrs, landing back at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 1515 hrs. The daytime service, flight MH 392, takes off from the Malaysian capital at 0900 hrs on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, landing at Capital International Airport at 1515 hrs where it turns around to operate flight MH 393, departing Beijing at 1635 hrs and arriving in Kuala Lumpur at 2250 hrs.


Malaysia Airline’s operations in Taipei will be maintained at a daily service, but the flights will now be operated by a 2-class Boeing 737-800 and no longer continue across the Pacific Ocean to Los Angeles. Flight MH 366 departs Kuala Lumpur at 0925 hrs, arriving in Taipei at 1405 hrs. The return flight, MH 367, takes off from Taoyuan International Airport at 1505 hrs and landing back at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 2200 hrs.


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