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Friday, January 13, 2012

Malaysia Airlines Mount Additional Flights During Chinese New Year!

Fly this Chinese New Year with 5 Star airlines, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is ready to mount an additional 14 extra and upgraded flights to various Malaysia domestic destinations in conjunction with the forthcoming Chinese New Year holidays. Seats on these additional flights will be up for sale from 20 January 2012 – 28 January 2012.

This is over and above the 32 extra flights from 17 January 2012 to 1 February 2012 announced last week.

An additional of 12 extra flights to be operated using the 144-seater Boeing 737-400 aircraft covers the following routes:

1) Kuala Lumpur – Kuching: 2 flights
2) Kuching – Kuala Lumpur: 2 flights
3) Kuala Lumpur – Tawau: 3 flights
4) Tawau – Kuala Lumpur: 3 flights
5) Kuala Lumpur – Langkawi: 1 flight
6) Langkawi – Kuala Lumpur: 1 flight
Total: 12 flights

There are also 2 upgraded flights which will be upgraded from using the 144-seater Boeing 737-400 aircraft to the 294-seater Airbus A330 aircraft. This will provide an extra of 150-seats on each flight. Below is the table for the upgraded flights:-

1) Kuala Lumpur – Kuching: 1 flight
2) Kuching – Kuala Lumpur: 1 flight
Total: 2 flights

Fares for the above routes are also highly competitive. Customers can fly economy class from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi, Kuching and Tawau at one-way fares starting from RM199, RM379, and RM149 respectively*.

They will also get a taste of true Malaysian Hospitality and full service benefits like free baggage allowance of 20kgs and 30kgs per person for economy and business class travel respectively.

As done previously, Malaysia Airlines will continue to monitor the situation and add more capacity on sectors where there is further demand.

Boeing 737-400

Airbus A330-300

AirAsia X and Malaysia Airlines routes - Full Story

AirAsia X

AirAsia X is expected to make its long-awaited debut on the Kuala Lumpur – Sydney route this summer but has announced the closure of its flights from the Malaysian capital to the Indian destinations of Mumbai and New Delhi and its only two routes into Europe, serving London Gatwick and Paris Orly. The low-cost, long-haul airline says the network re-alignment is part of a revised network strategy to focus on core markets.

The airline has been pushing for rights to serve the Kuala Lumpur – Sydney route since it was founded in 2007 but up until now its local rival Malaysia Airlines, which already serves the route, has campaigned to remain the sole Malaysian carrier with traffic rights on the route. However, following last year’s share-swap, the two airlines are now working more closely together and this is understood to be one of the opportunities the collaboration will bring to the low-cost venture.

The new strategy has come at a price for some of AirAsia X’s existing destinations with the closure of flights to Mumbai, New Delhi, London Gatwick and Paris Orly, due, according to the carrier to developments in global economy, soaring taxes and higher jet fuel prices. The airline has been studying the performance of the routes for the past year, with the European services particularly exposed to new Government legislation and the introduction of the new European Union (EU) Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

The airline confirms that it will suspend its four times weekly Kuala Lumpur – Mumbai service from January 31, 2012, while flights between the Malaysian capital and New Delhi will be reduced from a daily to four times weekly schedule from the start of March and suspended from March 22, 2012.

The services were only launched in 2010 but Air Asia X says structural issues in the Indian aviation market have made it difficult to operate economically viable flights. These relate to the Malaysian Government removing the Visa-on-Arrival facilities to Indian nationals shortly after the routes were started and the general airport and handling costs, particularly with the recent approval of a 280 per cent increase in fees from April this year. The continued visa restrictions for travel between India and Malaysia, and the increase in airport and handling charges have resulted in a structure not conducive to the low cost model,although Air Asia X suggested the flights could resume in the future.

The two European routes will close at the end of March, with the four times weekly link between Kuala Lumpur and Paris ending on March 30, 2012 and the last of the six weekly flights between the Malaysian capital and London departing on March 31, 2012.

According to AirAsia X the two routes have been really popular recording load factors of over 80 per cent last year, but yields have not been sufficient enough to support the routes with attempts to increase fares simply resulting in a fall in demand due to the price elasticity of low-cost travel. The confluence of macro-factors, including high fuel prices, depressed European economy and exorbitant taxes have made it economically impossible to sustain these flights, says the airline.

Moreover, the European situation is also compounded by a very weak economy and depressed consumer demand, according to the carrier. This has resulted in a reduction in the number of passengers from Europe on the flights over the past several months, a problem that has been further compelled by Air Passenger Duty in the UK market, which will be increased to £92 per departing economy passenger and £184 per departing Premium passenger from 1 April 2012.

The announcement from AirAsia X comes at the same time that Malaysia Airlines is making adjustments to its own route network, but the budget carrier says the cancellations are not linked to its changing relationship with its former rival.

Malaysia Airlines

The national carrier, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is revising its own network strategy to return to profitability and after announcing plans to cuts some of its loss-making routes earlier this month, Malaysia Airlines has now revealed growth in frequencies to several ASEAN destinations for the Northern Summer schedule as well as changes to its flights to Beijing, Taipei and Los Angeles. The changes are part of the carrier’s revised Business Plan that was revealed in December 2011 to focus on the main growth markets across the world.

In the regional market a third daily flight will be introduced between Kuala Lumpur and Manila from March 25, 2012, while frequencies between Kuala Lumpur and Phnom Penh will increase from nine a week to eleven from March 25, 2012 and up to 14 from May 1, 2012. In the Indonesian market an additional two Kuala Lumpur – Jakarta rotations will operate during summer 2012, increasing overall frequencies between the two capitals to 42x a week, while Medan, the capital of the North Sumatra province in Indonesia, will see an additional Friday service, increasing its schedule to double daily. In Thailand an additional Sunday rotation between Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok will mean the route will be flown four times daily.

Further afield, a new evening Boeing 777-200 flight will operate from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing every day offering an additional 1,974 seats per week to the Chinese capital. This service will complement the existing morning departure providing additional travel options for passengers.

Malaysia Airlines will also revert back to serving Los Angeles via the Japanese capital Tokyo, a route it previously served until 2002. The carrier currently offers three weekly flights to the western US city from Kuala Lumpur via Taipei Tayouan, but from March 25, 2012 it will re-route the service via Tokyo Narita, at the same time introducing a 4x weekly rotation. Due to the changes, Malaysia Airlines will also increase its existing Kuala Lumpur – Taipei service from four times weekly to a daily schedule.

There is certainly a much stronger demand between Tokyo and Los Angeles than between Taipei and Los Angeles (24,000 versus 15,000 O&D passengers in the past year), but Malaysia Airlines will also face a lot more competition with All Nippon Airways (ANA), American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines (JAL), Korean Air, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines already offering a daily link. However, despite the competition the yield between Tokyo and Los Angeles is stronger than between Taipei Taoyuan, particularly important when you bear in mind that Malaysia Airlines’ average air fares on the Transpacific flight from Taipei are around 24.0 per cent lower than the market average.

Good move for Kuala Lumpur - Tokyo - Los Angeles route but a bit risky as they venture into new route instead Kuala Lumpur - Taipei - Los Angeles and increase flight to 4x weekly instead 3x weekly. MAS enjoy very good load factor for Kuala Lumpur - Taipei - Los Angeles route however their fare relatively cheap and lower profit margin. I hope this could increase MAS profitability.

1) Kuala Lumpur - Manila: 3x daily from March 25th, 2012 instead 2x daily
2) Kuala Lumpur - Phnom Penh: 11x weekly starting March 25th, 2012 and later 14x weekly from May 1st, 2012
3) Kuala Lumpur - Jakarta: 42x a week during Summer season
4) Kuala Lumpur - Medan: 14x weekly instead 13x weekly
5) Kuala Lumpur - Bangkok: 4x daily instead 2x or 3x daily
2) Kuala Lumpur - Beijing: 2x daily instead 1x daily
4) Kuala Lumpur - Taipei: 1x daily instead 4x weekly
3) Kuala Lumpur - Tokyo - Los Angeles: 4x weekly instead 3x weekly Kuala Lumpur - Taipei - Los Angeles

Friday, December 16, 2011

Malaysia Airlines Axes 8 routes

Malaysia Airlines has embarked on a significant route rationalisation as part of its restructuring plan to stem its losses anticipated this year and in 2012.

The route rationalisation involves the withdrawal from the following loss-making routes:
Effective 6 January 2012: Daily flights Kuala Lumpur – Surabaya B737.
Effective 10 January 2012: Thrice-weekly Kuala Lumpur – Dubai A330.
Effective 12 January 2012: Twice-weekly Kuala Lumpur – Karachi – Dubai A330.
Effective 13 January 2012: Twice-weekly Kuala Lumpur – Dubai – Damman A330.
Effective 30 January 2012: Daily Langkawi – Penang – Singapore B737.
Effective 31 January 2012: Thrice-weekly Kuala Lumpur – Johannesburg B777.
Effective 1 February 2012: Twice-weekly Kuala Lumpur – Cape Town – Buenos Aires B747.
Effective 2 February 2012: Thrice-weekly Kuala Lumpur – Rome B777.

“The withdrawal was based on our own independent internal profitability and yield analysis," said Malaysia Airlines’ Group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya. However Malaysia Airlines will start operating back to these routes when the business is stable.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

MAS Should Take Opportunity When Qantas Grounded Its Fleets

October 29, 2011 - Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) could take this opportunity to market their brands, products and services when Qantas (the national carrier for Australia) grounded its entire fleets. There is a several way how to improve MAS presence in Australia. Which are:-

1) Market their brands and products since there is a huge number of passengers traveling to Europe and Asian countries from Australia.
2) MAS could act as a feeder for Qantas by offering a flight to Qantas' passengers to Europe and Asian countries from Australia and in return Qantas will pay MAS for using MAS fleets.

MAS has good services, one of the World's Best Cabin Crew and a 5-Stars airlines. MAS-Qantas has a good relationship and recently MAS join One World is sponsored by Qantas but MAS didnt take this opportunity to market them. MAS should be more sensitive next time.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Facts that I discovered about MAS

Overall I would satisfy on MAS new A330-300 but I was hoping that their Business Class seat can be reclined more. MAS A330 are better than Singapore Air A330-300 from my point of view. Except changing aircraft from Boeing 777-200 to A330-300 it is not a good idea because A330-300's Economy class are smaller at 32" as compared with 34" on 777-200. Forget about business class seat, as the new Business class are better.

Boeing 737-800 Malaysia Airlines are great except their seats on Economy class are so small at 30" as compared with other mainstream airlines such as Garuda Indonesia (31-32"), Thai Airways (31") and Singapore Airlines (32").

If I'm not mistaken that MAS new A380 Business class are great but the seats can't recline more than A380 of Qantas Airways. What a shame for 5 Star airlines that can't beat 4-star airlines such Qantas, Garuda Indonesia and Thai Airways in terms of seat size and degree of reclining.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Firefly Expand Business

Firefly is negotiating for additional ATR 72-500s to be delivered gradually till 2015 to fuel its expansion into more secondary routes to continuously strengthen its network, according to MD Datuk Eddy Leong.

The community airline had now a total of 12 ATR 72-500 aircraft, after taking delivery of two recently, he said in a statement yesterday.

The two additional aircraft would be used to strengthen Firefly's current network footprint through increased frequency for high demand sectors such as to Langkawi, Penang, Johor Baru and Singapore from Subang, the statement said.

Firefly currently flies to 10 domestic and seven regional destinations with its fleet of ATR, with a total of 324 flights a week.

Currently Firefly operates Jet engines from KLIA to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching but soon Firefly will introduce new routes to Sandakan and Sibu; and operate from Senai Airport, Johor Bahru as their new base to connect direct flights to Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi and Penang.

They will be using 737-400 in Johor Bahru operations while 737-800 as their KLIA operations.

Malaysia Airlines new baby giant A330-300

Sepang, Selangor (14 April 2011)- Malaysia Airlines has launched its new A330-300 aircraft today.

Starting with a launch flight MH8888 from KLIA, guests were taken for a short journey to experience the new interiors and features of the aircraft. Upon arrival, the traditional water salute welcomed the latest aircraft to the Malaysia Airlines fleet, followed by a mixed drum ensemble. An eclectic dance performance symbolised the potpourri of cultures, as the passengers disembarked from the aircraft.

Malaysia Airlines’ Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Tengku Dato’ Sri Azmil Zahruddin said, “We are delighted to launch our first A330-300 five months after the delivery of the new B737-800 in November. The latest fleet is aimed at creating a strong and sustained platform for us to serve our discerning customers and for Malaysia Airlines to remain profitable. These aircrafts will serve the growing markets of South Asia, China, North Asia and Australia.”

The new Airbus A330-300 is the first of 15 aircrafts to be delivered to Malaysia Airlines over the next four years, as part of the airline's fleet renewal programme. It is the second fleet after the B737-800 to sport the dynamic livery with red and blue lines representing the Malaysia Airlines’ corporate colours.

The enhanced A330-300 has a total capacity of 283 seats, 36 seats in Business class and 247 seats in Economy class (Singapore Airlines (SIA) has 285 seats, 30 seats in Business class and 255 seats in Economy class which MAS better than SIA on their A330-300). All seats are equipped with AC power supply and USB port for laptops and electronic equipment. The new interiors are installed with mood lighting in all cabins and spacious overhead baggage compartments.

To provide enhanced experience and comfort, the sophisticated features and interiors of the new A330-300 Business Class cabin offer comfortable angled lie flat seats, a fold-out privacy divider and six-way adjustable headrest, among others, presenting the traveller with both a mini office, as well as a place to unwind.

The Economy Class cabin, features lightweight and slim design seats with four-way headrest. Each seat is equipped with individual audio-video on demand smart screens. The latest movies, TV programs, moving map and games are available for both cabins.

The first commercial flight on the new A330-300 will be from Kuala Lumpur to Brisbane departing on 20 April 2011, followed by flights to Shanghai, Osaka, Beijing, Perth and Delhi on later dates.

Kuala Lumpur – Beijing eff 21 JUL 11
Kuala Lumpur – Brisbane eff 20 APR 11
Kuala Lumpur – Delhi MH190/191 eff 15 SEP 11
Kuala Lumpur – Denpasar MH715/714 eff 15 SEP 11
Kuala Lumpur – Osaka Kansai eff 14 JUN 11
Kuala Lumpur – Perth MH127/128 eff 24 JUL 11 Day 4
Kuala Lumpur – Shanghai Pu Dong MH388/389 Day 2 (17MAY11 – 28JUN11) MH386/387 eff 01 AUG 11

Planned 333 service to Dhaka, once a week from late-July 2011, is now CANCELED

Overall I would say I'm quite satisfy on MAS new A330-300 but I hope that their Business Class seat can be reclined more. MAS A330 are better than Singapore Air A330-300 from my point of view.