Odie From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3349 times:
China Eastern will inaugurate daily flights from Shanghai-Pudong to Kuala Lumpur with effective from January 10, 2004. Flights will depart PVG at 9 pm and arrive into KUL at 2 am. Return flights will depart KUL at 3 am and arrive into PVG at 8 am. All flights will be operated by A320.
Seems like these red-eye flights are getting more popular at KUL!
MASkargo From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2003, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3153 times:
is it just me or does it seem that these chinese airlines are starting to pull back from KUL a wee bit? CZ will be stopping PVG-KUL flights soon, and i'm surprised that given MAS' expansion in china, these airlines are not following suit.....
Glad to hear about MU resuming KUL services though!
Odie From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3114 times:
Maskargo: I think Chinese carriers are increasing their presence to Malaysia. Air China recently introduced flights to KUL and MU is going to inaugurate daily flights into KUL. CZ already suspended their one-stop service to PVG. CZ reduced their XMN flights from 7 to 4 weekly flights (due to SARS), but I think they are going to increase it over summer 2004.
Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3051 times:
Part of the reason that there is change with services into Malaysia is the result of the Air Service Agreement signed earlier this year. Unfortunately, SARS broke out and changes were delayed until now. China Southern was dedicated as the major carrier for services into Malaysia many years back with China Yunnan providing a few thinner routes (eg. Kunming). The new ASA allowed Air China and China Eastern to begin plying routes into Kuala Lumpur and as a result of some reshuffling between the Chinese carriers, China Southern would be reducing some of their flights by handing over routes to its partners.
I guess the A320 reasoning stems from the fact that there is a large number of tourists and business travellers who are ex-Malaysia and would rather fly with Malaysia Airlines for service and safety reasons - so MAS tends to do well on its China flights. China Southern on the other hand has only been flying a 757 from Pudong via Guangzhou (combining traffic) so China Eastern supposed that it will not be able to fill more than an A320 on a sole point-to-point route.
Air China and China Eastern are nonetheless good carriers and as confidence builds in the Malaysian market - we may see more of the current MAS passengers transferring to fly with them and with that - larger aircraft would then be scheduled into Kuala Lumpur.