Big plans I would say. It was stated that they were planning to have these new destniations by the next two years, although no time frame was given to the increased capacities to these cities. I really wanna know if they do have the aircraft to cater for these big expansion? Their B772 are almost fully utilized, so is their A330. WhenI was in KLIA last time, I could see a few spare B744 lying around, not in the contact stand, but rather at the remote stand. (Prior to the cutback in capacity, there weren't many of the B744 at the remote stand!) Unless they use B744 into these new long-haul destinations or the increase in capacity, I can't see MAS expanding that much.
By the way, MAS is also increasing their frequency to Beijing and Guangzhou from 6 times weekly to daily services as of January 2003. Taipei will be increase to 12 times weekly from 11 times weekly.
It's good that they are increasing their frequency into Hong Kong. Cathay currently flies 3 times daily into KUL. MAS should at least provide twice daily nonstop services from KUL, not to compete with Cathay, but complement its services with Cathay. Same goes for Bangkok.
MAS never did served Stockholm (ARN) before, although it's weird that you can find one of MAS' plane shots at ARN. As I had said before, I spoke to one of the inflight supervisor while I was flying from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur last month and he told me that MAS were considering Berlin, Copenhagen, Munich and Stockholm as a stopover city en-route to New York. Maybe they could well inaugurate KUL-ARN-EWR route? If I am not mistaken, Stockholm's only services to EWR is only served by SAS on a B763. Maybe MAS could well take advantage of this situation and fly with a B777 on that route? I am just wondering, wouldn't Copenhagen be a better choice for a enw city instead of Stockholm. But one could argue that there are more Swedish tourist in Malaysia compared to the Danes, but what about in terms of business trade?
As for the new destinations, I would believe that Chengdu will be the first to be launched. Boston and Chicago would be a far shot. What about San Francisco in the west? Isn't that more important that the BOS and ORD? Would be great to see MAS serving Canada again!
As for Paris-CDG, the initial plan was to increase their frequency to 5 times weekly as of October 27, 2002. I think that the these two new landing rights into CDG was given by the French Authorities after the Malaysian Navy purchased two submarines from France. Probably something did not work out, and MAS did not get these 2 extra landing rights. It was also mentioned in The Star that MAS hubs in Europe at London, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam will remain there as it is. (LHR, AMS and FRA are fine since they have at least daily services, but CDG, with only 3 weekly services is a hub?) Swissgabe had gave a very good explaination regarding MAS situation in Paris-CDG.
Mas a330: Sorry dude, don't take it in an offensive way, but I think the planned increase flights to London was to 21 weekly flights. Typo?
ZK-NBT: It was also stated in The Star that they are planning to increase their frequencies to Adelaide and Brisbane as well. Do you know if they are doing well on the BNE-AKL sector? Or rather, are they still doing badly on the AKl-KUL sector? Wouldn't passengers prefer a carrier that provide nonstop service into Asia or one-stop service into Europe, unless MAS fares are really cheap! But to a budget traveler, it would be great, stopping over in Brisbane allows them to travel in another country before poceeding to New Zealand.
Swissgabe: MAS indeed flies to PNH (Phnom Penh) 6 times weekly if I am not mistaken. But surprisingly, why twice daily to PNH? Is there really sucha big demand for tourism at PNH? the Vietnamese Government actually just gave the green light for MAS to increase their frequency to both SGN and HAN by an additional flight each, hence making SGN a daily flight and HAN being served 4 times weekly. I think MAS have the rights to fly into CGK five times daily now.
Do MAS even have plans to fly into Geneva? Are there sufficient traffic demands between GVA and KUL, as well as GVA and EWR/JFK?