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MAS Continues Expansion  
User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2624 times:

As MAS starts to prepare for the first delivery of its A380, the local press in Malaysia has outlined further expansion plans for Malaysia Airlines.

MAS has announced plans to begin flights to more cities in China and India - the current Asian hotspots for expansion. Although it has been mentioned before (with plans to serve Chengdu, Kunming and Wuhan), this latest news item announces Guilin and Shenyang as next on the list of additions. Over in India, Amritsar, Trichy and Trivandrum will be added along with their current plans to serve Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Cochin (already previously announced).

Back to other news, Malaysia Airlines will also increase their flights to Los Angeles back to provide a daily link from Kuala Lumpur - I expect ALL flights will operate via Taipei. Beijing also gets an increase with flights going from daily to 9 times a week.

On the A380 subject, MAS plans to begin construction of its A380 hangar and flight simulator shortly and is preparing itself financially for its arrival.

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User currently offlineOdie From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

Interesting to note that Beijing is actually seeing a decrease in flights from 7 to 5 weekly flights this winter. It's about time MH resume its daily operations into LAX.

Edited: MH was supposed to fly 6 times weekly to Paris this winter - guess this didn't work out too well for MH.

[Edited 2004-09-19 04:33:26]

User currently offlineGuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 840 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2267 times:

Shouldn't they be concentrating on joining an alliance first?

User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2183 times:

They are in the process of deciding with alliance to apply to.

There is no reason why this should stop their profitable expansion rite? And plus, expansion would be even more attractive to the alliance it joins.


User currently offlineHB-IWC From Indonesia, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 4504 posts, RR: 71
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

My guess is that, as long as Air France doesn't operate its own flights into KL, Malaysia will have a tough time getting their hands on extra CDG slots. If, however, MH decides to join the Skyteam Alliance, we might very well see both AF and MH operating between CDG and KUL, and code-sharing on each other's flights.



User currently offlineDellatorre From Brazil, joined May 2000, 1088 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

Any chances for a non-stop between KUL and LAX or EWR? Any thoughts about that at all?

User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 days ago) and read 1909 times:

I don't think MAS has any current plans to operate nonstop to the USA. The market travelling between KL and LAX/EWR is slightly different than that out of Singapore. SIA has carved itself a unique niche and there would probably be little room for competition for such a long flight at the moment.

MAS is concentrating on Asian expansion at the moment - which is the great since MAS has always lagged behind SIA historically in regional services and is really pushing itself regionally to continue to build KUL into a hub. Once you have a good regional selection of destinations, there will be more transfer traffic to feed into the long-haul sectors.

MAS will also be introducing the A380 on to key markets in 2006 (I think its 2006) so this should be a treat its long-haul customers - but MAS does not currently have too many plans for long-haul growth otherwise.

Paris remains a really sore thumb as MAS flights to and from CDG are always packed year round and the French Authorities are not budging on their applications for more flights as Air France does not serve Malaysia. MAS even looked into flying into Nice as well a few years back but that was turned down by the French government. Air France however turned up earlier this year at the MATTA trade fair and sent media tongues wagging about Air France's possible return to Malaysia and I guess MAS' membership into Skyteam (the alliance most widely tipped) will depend HEAVILY on how French-Malaysian talks pan out over the next few months.

Personally, having flown AF CDG-SIN in the past - its often full of passengers connecting to Malaysian cities - so it would make sense for AF and MAS to sit down and iron out this stickling point.


User currently offlineJoule From Malaysia, joined Dec 2003, 159 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1714 times:

First A380 delivery to MAS scheduled for January 2007 with another two by middle of that year. The remaining three will come in 2008.

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