Odie From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4715 times:
Malaysia Airlines (MH) announced a full year post-tax profit of USD 121.3 million, an increase of 37% or USD 32.8 million compared to the previous year. Total revenue for the company increased by 7.6% to USD 2.6 billion despite the sharp contraction in operations caused by SARS and the Gulf War in the first quarter.
For the last quarter of the financial year, international passenger load factor increased from 67.2% to 70.5% while domestic load factor increased from 67.8% to 71.9%. The overall passenger load factor increased from 67.3% to 70.7% while the overall cargo load factor dropped from 66.2% to 60.4% (all compared with the same period last year).
Frequencies will be increased to the following cities: Beijing, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Osaka, Dhaka, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bombay, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Vienna and Paris.
New destinations: Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Cochin, Siem Reap, Kunming, Wuhan and Chengdu.
Refurbishment of the airline's 32 long/medium-haul aircrafts will proceed as planned, with the first refitted B772 to enter service November 2004.
Swissgabe: I believed that Malaysia has an open-sky agreement with India under the Asean-India open-skies agreement. However, cities such as Bombay, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata are limited to one daily flight.
BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11150 posts, RR: 60 Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4572 times:
I read in a Lebanese newspaper that traffic to Beirut has grown significantly and is much higher than they anticipated. It stated that they were looking at increasing service by next winter. Nothing firm yet however.
Would be interesting to see if they add a 4th weekly flight via Dubai or make the route non-stop and no longer via Dubai or a combination of both.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
Joule From Malaysia, joined Dec 2003, 159 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4572 times:
Also from today's The Star news:
Its flights to New York, currently via Dubai, will, by October, operate through Stockholm or other European cities that offer better yield. Dubai will, nevertheless, remain a secondary hub for MAS for the Middle East region.
Looks like Stockholm is the favorite over Copenhagen. Nothing firm yet though.
Global alliance and fleet replacement are still being discussed.
Odie From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4495 times:
Keno: MH has decided to launch Kuching-Sydney in favor of Kuching-Melbourne. I doubt the Kuching-Melbourne flight took off.
Joule: Seems like I beat you to it again
By the way, it seems like the Sarawak Tourism Minister has been lobbying hard for MH to provide more direct intercontinental services to Kuching. However, the success of these flights remain questionable (so are MH's LHR-PEN/LGK-KUL flights).
KEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 29 Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4473 times:
I see... On a separate issue, does anyone know when exactly Skytrax will announce Best Cabin Staff 2004? Their website says the result will be out in May but no specific dates. I'm confident that MH will win it again for the 4th year running
Joule From Malaysia, joined Dec 2003, 159 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4251 times:
I guess KUL-AKL will be 2-class if served solely by the 772s (currently the 744s/772s are flying this route). With 2 new 772s coming in Nov/Dec 2004, they will probably replace the 744s on the KUL-AKL route.
It will take about 2 to 3 years to complete the refurbishment of the 772s as they are due for heavy maintenance starting this year. Same case for the 744s.
Odie From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3885 times:
There will be a slight downgrade in capacity if MH chooses to operate 7 weekly B772 flights into AKL. Plus, it will be summer for the southern hermisphere when October/November rolls around (i.e. high season). Perhaps MH will upgrade some flights to B744 or increase its frequency into AKL.
I am curious whether MH will use the B744 to destinations such as Frankfurt, Zurich, Tokyo etc. where there are some demand for first class and cities such as Manchester to be downgraded to B772, but served with a higher frequency.
The "increased frequency" cities list looks more like the cities that MH had already increased when the summer 2004 schedules commenced. Can't really see them operating more than 3 weekly flights into Vienna, but I do know that they are planning to increase their frequency to Paris from 5 to 6 weekly flights.
Vienna, Munich, Copenhagen and Stockholm has been lobbying MH to use them as a stop-over city en-route to NYC. All these cities have one thing in common, i.e. no American/foreign carriers serve these city pairs. They are only served by the home (home being Europe) carrier. Munich offers the most connections within Europe, but MH also faces stiff competition with LH. There isn't much O&D traffic between VIE and KUL, hence this will not be feasible for future expansion into NYC and VIE. And this leave us to CPH and ARN - perhaps ARN is giving MH a sweeter deal and not to mention, tourist traffic from Sweden to Malaysia. If I remember correctly, trade between Sweden and Malaysia is greater than trade between Denmark and Malaysia - a more obvious reason why ARN is prefered.
Joule From Malaysia, joined Dec 2003, 159 posts, RR: 3 Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3571 times:
Apparently there is good demand for KCH-SYD. Most probably different guy who suggested it since this route was announced after that guy was transferred. Not sure about the LHR-PEN/LGK though (probably same guy who was transferred).
Odie From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3299 times:
It seems like Stockholm is the best candidate thus far, although there might be a slight chance that it be Copenhagen. They will probably load it into their CRS by July. As much as I like the B777, I believe MH will use the B744 to New York. The B777 will be reconfigured to a two-class aircraft, thus the B744 will be the only aircraft to have first class.
Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2926 posts, RR: 6 Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3217 times:
Am curently in Chennai awaiting to depart for KUL on MH181 on 9M-MRJ which has just arrived and Malaysia Airlines seems to be doing rather brisk trade here in India. My flight from KUL-MAA was almost full in Economy but with only a few in F and C... looks like C is quite busy on the way back this lunchtime and I expect Y will be similar. I gather MAS flights into India all operate on a pooled service concept where the airlines of each country concerned - ie - AI/IC and MH can only sell the same amount of seats on each given day or week or whatever the agreed time-scale is.
So, although MAS currently operates the A330 and B777 into India it cannot sell a 'full' flight since the capacity is not reciprocated by Indian carriers.
MAS however does receive quite a lot of news here in Chennai and seems to be on a par with SQ as a premium airline for travel into/out of India. Local news reports here carried the MAS news story given above but also stated that it will be cancelling its Dubai-Newark service in favour of Stockholm - which many agents/passengers here in India seem upset about - as I expect many connected via Dubai on to MH90/91 for Newark.