Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2939 posts, RR: 5 Posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2474 times:
There was a rumour that following British Airways' pullout from Kuala Lumpur, Richard Branson has been studying the feasibility of operating its own daily A340/744 service into Kuala Lumpur - which will take the MAS-Virgin code-share up to 3 flights a day.
British Midland has also expressed its desire to apply for a licence for the route as this would pave its way to its first Asian gateway (which will not be utilised by any other British carrier from Mar 2001) - unless Virgin steps in to block BM gaining access to KUL. BM of course is rank outsider with no suitable aircraft to operate the route.
G-KIRAN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2000, 736 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2391 times:
Englandair:KUL-LHR flights are very profitable for MAS,
there is a 90-100% load factor on more or less every flight.BA says that they are losing money,but I am not sure of this.The A330 does not have the range to fly LHR-KUL so BD will have to make an enroute stop somewhere along the way.
Virgin would be the best candidate for the following reasons:
1.They already codeshare with MAS on the route and onward to Australia.
2.They have 747s and A340s which can fly these routes non-stop.
3.They already have long haul experience which British Midland lacks.
4.They have a reputation for good service.The Virgin brand name known world-wide while British Midland is confined mostly to the Uk and Europe.
Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2939 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2371 times:
There is definately good money to be made on the London-Kuala Lumpur route.
We know the reason BA has pulled out is because 'it is trying to develop its Singapore hub with Qantas and pulling out of KUL has meant that it is now able to transfer a 747-400 to Qantas and sell a couple more'...
(Confusing I know - this since KUL has been served by a 777 for a while now - although BA initially announced they were INCREASING flights to KUL and reinstating the 747-400 on the route due to a shortage of seats on the 777....but this was before Rod Eddington took over the helm)
Emirates announced a couple of weeks ago that it will increase flights to KUL to fly daily from Dubai and the 3 new services will operate nonstop. All flights will also connect with their London Heathrow and Gatwick services.