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MAS Expands In 2003 Summer Schedules  
User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2695 times:

MAS unveiled yesterday its new summer 2003 plans for greater connecitvity within the region and domestically. The expansion would allow MAS to increase their yields in the longer term as well as to support Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) as an aviation hub. MAS will lease additonal 8 aircrafts for the expansion, which include three Airbus A332s and 5 Boeing B737s. The first three Airbus A332s are expected to arrive in February while the B737s will be leased on a staggered basis throughout the year.

Here's the summary of MAS' plans for summer 2003 (all flights ex-KUL unless stated):

International:
Asia:
Bangalore* - Frequency will be increased from 2 weekly flights to 3 weekly flights.
Bangkok - Frequency will be increased from 14 weekly flights to 17 weekly flights.
Chennai* - 4 of the 7 weekly flights will be upgraded to B744 from June. The remainder 3 weekly flights will be upgraded to B744 in November.
Denpasar-Bali - Will upgrade one of its weekly B737 flight to B772.
Guangzhou - MAS will inaugurate two weekly flights ex Kuching/Kota Kinabalu.
Hanoi - Frequency will be increased from 4 weekly flights to 5 weekly flights.
Hong Kong - Will operate a daily B744 flight and 5 times weekly on B772. Further expansion still pending.
Hyderabad* - Frequnecy will be increased from 1 weekly flights to 3 weekly flights
Kolkata* - New destination for MAS. Will be served 3 times weekly.
Mumbai* - Frequency will be doubled to 6 weekly flights.
Seoul - Will be increased from 4 weekly nonstop flights to 6 weekly nonstop flights. In addition to that, MAS also operate another weekly flight to Seoul via Kota Kinabalu, thus offering passengers a daily flight.
Shanghai - Frequency will be doubled from once daily to twice daily.
Singapore - Most of the B737 flights will be upgraded to A330 flights.
Taipei - Frequency will be increased from 12 weekly flights to 13 weekly flights. New flight will operate via Kota Kinabalu.
Xiamen - Frequency will be icnreased from 3 weekly flights to 5 weekly flights.
Yangon - Frequency will be increased from 2 weekly flights to 3 weekly flights.

Australiasia:
Melbourne - 3 new non-stop flights to Melbourne departing KUL in the morning, replacing MH 132/133 which operates via Sydney. Total frequency to Melbourne still stands at 4.
Perth - Will get an additional weekly nonstop flight departing KUL in the early evening.
Sydney - Frequency will be reduced from 14 weekly flights to 11 weekly flights.

Europe:
Amsterdam - The daily B772 flight will be upgraded to a daily B744 flight.
Paris - Frequency will be doubled from 3 weekly to 6 weekly flights. All flights operated by B744.

Domestic:
Alor Star - Frequency will be increased from 21 to 23 weekly flights.
Johore Bahru - Frequency will be increased from 32 to 34 weekly flights.
Kota Kinabalu - Some of the B737 flights will be upgraded.
Kuching - Some of the B737 flights will be upgraded.
Penang - Frequency will be increased from 85 to 101 weekly services.

In addition to that, MAS will also be introducing F50 flights between Miri and Mulu.

* There is no definite dates given for the expansion in India yet.

More information at:
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2003/1/31/business/bsfuad1&sec=business

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User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2628 times:

This was also posted on MAS' website. In addition to that, they are increasing frequency between Kuching and Pontianak from 5 weekly flights to 7 weekly flights. Also, there will be 2 new weekly flights each between Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Menandu and Balikpapan.

Seems like MAS is going to use the new A332s initially for routes to Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Singapore.

The twice daily Shanghai flights will all be operated by B772 and the 3 new weekly frequencies to Bangkok will be operated by A330.

From MAS:
http://www.mas.com.my/corporate/?menu=mr&mode=mas01&mode2=67

Regards.


User currently offlineTriple Seven From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 530 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2567 times:

Wow with most of Singapore's flight upgraded to A330s I'll bet the A330 fleet will be heavily utilised. Seems to me the 737s are getting a little rest.

User currently offlineRupertvander82 From France, joined Dec 2002, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2568 times:

Are they able to support such a huge increase when their financial state hasn't been sorted out yet?

On top of that, I suspect their huge increase for flights out of Malaysia will result in KLIA being more unattractive to other foreign airlines, complaining that the yields are going lower since MAS will further dominate these routes out of KL.


User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2518 times:

Are they able to support such a huge increase when their financial state hasn't been sorted out yet?

If they are doing it then yes, they can.



User currently offlineTriple Seven From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 530 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Rupertvander82,

Increasing more flights out of Malaysia will not make Malaysia unattractive but instead the reverse is true. In long term MAS is actually creating greater demand for flying to Malaysia and should also draw more foreign carriers in as well.


User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

Wow with most of Singapore's flight upgraded to A330s I'll bet the A330 fleet will be heavily utilised. Seems to me the 737s are getting a little rest.

Triple Seven: MAS is also leasing 5 more B737s, so I think the B737s aren't getting really much rest. Maybe they need the 5 extra B737 to make up for those additional frequncies.

Are they able to support such a huge increase when their financial state hasn't been sorted out yet?

Rupertvaner82: One of the major complains foreign airlines flying into KUL was that KUL do not have sufficient regional connection (of course with the exception of Singapore). With these new expansion, KUL will have better regional connections, which will make foreign airlines flying into KUL. They realized that they can't rely on O&D traffic from foreign carriers. Look at Singapore Changi. They are so successful is because they have good regional connections. They don't rely a lot on O&D traffic. Since SIA have a lot better regional connection than MAS, does this means that Changi should get less passengers due to the dominance of SIA? No. They get a lot more traffic because they act as a hub for SE Asian residents to transit in Singapore. That's what the Malaysian government is trying to do.

And as far as the international expansion goes, I think most of the destinations deserved to be expanded. Expansion in India and China is way long overdue, so is Paris. When they expand regionally, they will be able to expand globally in the medium term because they need to have a good foothold in the regional market first.

As far as yields are concerned, MAS is NOT the cheapest carrier to fly into and out from KUL. So foreign carriers do NOT need to lower their fares just because MAS fares are low. There's always a misconception that MAS fare dumps in Malaysia, which in reality they do not. MAS fare dump in Singapore, and SIA fare dump in Malaysia! So, if any carriers should be complaining, they should be complaining that their Singapore yield is low and not Malaysia!

Singapore - Most of the B737 flights will be upgraded to A330 flights.
I think it's probably because of Ryanair!!! or similar passengers that made MAS to upgrade their Singapore services!  Big grin Well, at least SIN spotters have a chance to see the new A332s in their airport!

Regards.


User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2334 times:

I think these plans are rather bold in these uncertain times but I can see the Boards decision and reasoning.

Many have complained that they would always rather fly SQ on the shuttle as SQ always uses widebodied aircraft - owing to a strange perception in the Far East that widebodied planes are better. Upgrading the Shuttle to fly the A330-200 would mean that MAS would have a product to compete with SQ on this very short route. Many passengers ex-Singapore are also unimpressed by hopping on to a 737 for their journeys so prefer not to transit at KUL (or indeed fly with MAS), but having the A330-200s would help entice those 'sizist' passengers. I have never failed to notice how an MAS Shuttle flight on board a 737 can more often leave you with an empty seat next to you, but the Airbus shuttle flights are often packed - despite an odd mid-afternoon departure time.

I also like the fact that they are concentrating on Asian routes and this shows that the Board are aware that in order to be more attractive to any alliance it joins - this would be a winner.



User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

You can actually see MAS A332's schedules on Amadeus for the Singapore sector. I can't find the A332s being used in any other destinations though!

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