Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2937 posts, RR: 6 Posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3837 times:
The highlight of upcoming schedule alterations to Malaysia Airlines' Summer 2006 timetable is the removal of the leased Boeing 737-800s currently leased in.
With this, Ahmedabad, Chengdu, Kolkata and Xian revert to the A332 or A333 with no frequency changes but gain overall with extra capacity.
Other A330 changes include Beijing, which gets 3 extra weekly A333 services (from 7x to 10x week) but Chennai loses its 744 and will be replaced with a daily A333 service instead.
Mumbai, Perth's MH124/125 and Auckland all become standardised to daily 777 services, whilst Melbourne's services will see a direct equipment switch with the morning KL-Melbourne flight being operated by a 777 and the evening service switching to the 744.
Adelaide and Rome meanwhile get upgraded to the 744 from the 777 and the big news in Europe is that finally MAS will offer DAILY flights to Paris using the 744. (Wonder if we'll ever see AF code-sharing soon...)
Regionally, Yangon gets an extra 734 service a week making it 5x weekly but Phuket gets a long overdue boost with an extra daily flight making the 734s call-in to the island twice daily.
Still early days and so subject to change but doesn't look bad so far...
The EWR-ARN-KUL route will still be operated by B772. Summer of '05 was probably the only time where EWR had seen MH's B744. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will continue operating to EWR (and LAX as well, which was rumored to be operating at a loss since day one) when they announce their turnaround plan sometime in February.
Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26147 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3645 times:
Actually I've also heard on several occasions that the MAS transpacific flying has seen consistent looses.
In some ways tough, one can see the reasons.
Malaysia and KL simply do not pull near close to the amount of premium business traffic that does a nearby destination like Singapore. Same pretty much goes for tourism. I have yet to hear someone say they are headed on vacation to Malaysia from the West Coast. Much more common are countries as Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore.
In addition MAS routes its LAX flights via TPE which itself has some of the lowest fares of all Asian cities from the US.
So at the end of the day, MAS ends up carrying cheap LAX-TPE passengers and mostly lower yield connection passengers routed via KL to places like India or other South East Asian destinations.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
Odie From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2938 times:
Quoting 9V-SPJ (Reply 3): Wow, hard to believe that the flight to LAX is operating at a loss. That flight is always packed to the gills!
MH is competing against DL, BR, SQ and CI (all of which offer daily flights, and probably lower fares than MH, with the exception of SQ). In additiont to that, they have to compete with other carriers such as CX, JL, UA and NH for one-stop service to TPE. It's the yields that are hurting MH, not loads.
HB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4516 posts, RR: 72
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2875 times:
Quoting Behramjee (Reply 6): I am hearing that EZE will be suspended this year? Any update on that?
Quoting 6thfreedom (Reply 8): Given the KUL-JNB-CPT-EZE routing, perhaps the whole sector will get the chop!
I wouldn't be surprised at all if the EZE-flight were to be cut. I have taken this flight on 2 occasions in the past couple of months and it is awfully long, and prone to delays. The entire rotation takes close to 54 hours, and the airline needs almost one airframe to assure the twice-weekly frequency.
I believe the crew cost is also quite considerable. The airline is operating the roundtrip with 6 different sets of crews, with crew changes in every intermediate station. When I last left on a Saturday night, the crew was to return to KUL only after me, and I spent a full week in South America.