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User currently offlineMhz From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2002, 92 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 1 month 3 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

Here is an excerpt from Malaysia Business

Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd general manager Hamid Ali said since the KLIA’s “Integrated for Ease” campaign was launched in April, five new international foreign airlines have operated into Kuala Lumpur.

In addition, nine existing international foreign airlines have increased their frequencies into KLIA, some from four times a week to daily.

“It doesn’t matter whether these foreign airlines are major carriers or not, as long as they are ferrying foreign passengers to Kuala Lumpur. These foreign passengers are the ones who are bringing in the yield,” he said.

He said at least two more foreign airlines are expected to fly into KLIA next year, but declined to name them.

Any ideas which airlines?


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User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4577 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1464 times:

G'day,

Australian Airlines has been tipped to be looking at KUL service - perhaps it is one of the two?

V/F



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User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1456 times:

Waht about Egypt Air? Have they started? Or has it been called off?

User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1448 times:

No news from Egypt Air yet...

User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

I think that Egypt decided not to fly to KUL.

Air Macau is one, they just started services into KUL



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User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1401 times:

Well, we'll just have to wait and see. Personally, i'd like to see SAA fly here. Those beautiful birds will blend in perfectly with our beautiful airport.

User currently offlineHkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1323 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1364 times:

This is very good news, as KLIA is an under-utilized airport. Anyone know what the five new airlines are that have started services to KUL? I read a while back that Xiamen Airlines was going to start flights to KUL 2x weekly with the 752 from Fuzhou. Have such plans materialised?

I also remember reading last year that ANA will resume flights to KUL. What's the latest on that?

Hkg82.


User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

I would seriously give Australian Airlines a shot. They had announced that they plan to serve Kuala Lumpur (KUL) from their second hub in a Southern Australian city. Initially, they plan to fly into KUL on January 2003, but guess that had been heldback, given the situation in the South-East Asia region. There might be a slight chance that Qantas might actually return to KUL. The traffic between Malaysia and Australia is growing and there is definitely room for Qantas, or even BA to operate a KUL-Australia flights. The Malaysian government is also holding intensive talks with Lufthansa, BA and Qantas on the possibility of these 3 airlines to return to KUL.

I think SAS Scandinavian might be one of the carriers that are planning to fly into KUL as well. There are a lot of tourist traffic between Scandinavia and Malaysia. Currently, they have 3 weekly flights to Bangkok with a long layover time, which is sufficient for them to make a service to Kuala Lumpur. However, they could do a BKK-HKG run instead of a BKK-KUL though.

Egyptair was supposed to fly into KUL on August 2002, but they changed their plan later. They were supposed to fly CAI-KUL-SYD, but I guess the Malaysian government did not give fifth freedom rights to Egyptair. Plus, if I am not mistaken, Egyptair actually suspended their services to both Singapore and Sydney, so that might be another reason why Egyptair did not inaugurate services into KUL.

Air Macau recently inaugurated scheduled flights into KUL, flying twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays. Previously, they used to operate chartered flights into KUL.

SAA will probably not fly into KUL in the near future. If they do, I think it will probably operated as a code-share operations with MAS. They recently pulled out from Singapore and they only operate into Hong Kong and Bangkok now.

Xiamen Airways inaugurated services into KUL earlier this year with twice weekly flights to Fuzhou. ANA suspended its services in January 2002 and was expected to resume its flight operations in March 2003 when the summer schedules begins but they decided to suspend KUL in the end.


User currently offlineOdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1322 times:

Oh, some airlines just came across my mind.

I think Philipphines Airlines or Cebu Pacific might worth a shot of flying into KUL as well. I am pretty suprised that neither China Eastern or Air China have direct flights into KUL seeing that the number of Chinese tourist to Malaysia is increasing!

Same goes for Asiana as well. Korean Air recently doubled their frequency and MAS is adding 2 flights into Seoul, making a daily service to Seoul. In addition to that, MAS is going to operate B744 for the busy Christmas season.


User currently offlineBigo747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1301 times:

I also remember reading last year that ANA will resume flights to KUL. What's the latest on that

ANA is unlikely to return to KUL as the KUL operation are code-share with Thai.

KUL schedules didn't show up on ANA's 2003 schedule draft.


User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1271 times:

The reason there isnt as many Chinese carriers in KUL than in SIN or BKK is simple. Chinese tourists to Thailand needs no visa and to Singapore is easy as well. But when they come to Malaysia, they need visa... and the procedure is like "this, then that then this ohh and that too", if you know what I mean..

Its a total hassle... Malaysians were said of giving landing visa but it requires a stop in Singaproe or Thailand???? It seems like Malaysian government is trying to 'stop' them from coming in, in a way...

I heard some ppl say that they were treated badly by local officers at airports. Why can't they just like 'open' the visa thing between two countries? So malaysians need no visa to China and vice versa. That sure would lure much more tourists... Looking at Arabs in Malaysia? They don't need any visa and there are numbers of them at Kuala Lumpur..


User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 32
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1229 times:

Well, no wonder people reported that they were treated badly by local officers at airport. One at immigration I just have seen how an officer was talking to people from Bangladesh and he wasn't very friendly at all, just like commanding them around and telling them what to do like they where animals.
Well, the reason why Chinese need a visa could be the same as for a lot of other countries, Malaysia doesn't want them staying in Msia for ever. Arabs come, spend their money and go back.




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User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1217 times:

Umm Swissgabe, then sure Thailand doesn't want the Chinese to stay for too long as well... But look at Bangkok, lots of Chinese tourists, spend their money and go back as well, and lots of men buying 'services'.... I am sure Thailand makes a lot of Chinese tourists.... and they rely on tourism to 'build' their country... Look at the coming Christmas season, Bangkok's hotels are pretty much full and lots of them are waitlisting... and I managed to get two rooms because I booked early... Look at KL for December, JW Marriot for RM160 walk in rate including breakfast?!?! Althought they are full over the Chinese New Year period, but over Christmas, they are still pretty much half filled....

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