MAS unveiled yesterday its new summer 2003 plans for greater connecitvity within the region and domestically. The expansion would allow MAS to increase their yields in the longer term as well as to support Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) as an aviation hub. MAS will lease additonal 8 aircrafts for the expansion, which include three Airbus A332s and 5 Boeing B737s. The first three Airbus A332s are expected to arrive in February while the B737s will be leased on a staggered basis throughout the year.
Here's the summary of MAS' plans for summer 2003 (all flights ex-KUL unless stated):
Bangalore* - Frequency will be increased from 2 weekly flights to 3 weekly flights.
Bangkok - Frequency will be increased from 14 weekly flights to 17 weekly flights.
Chennai* - 4 of the 7 weekly flights will be upgraded to B744 from June. The remainder 3 weekly flights will be upgraded to B744 in November.
Denpasar-Bali - Will upgrade one of its weekly B737 flight to B772.
Guangzhou - MAS will inaugurate two weekly flights ex Kuching/Kota Kinabalu.
Hanoi - Frequency will be increased from 4 weekly flights to 5 weekly flights.
Hong Kong - Will operate a daily B744 flight and 5 times weekly on B772. Further expansion still pending.
Hyderabad* - Frequnecy will be increased from 1 weekly flights to 3 weekly flights
Kolkata* - New destination for MAS. Will be served 3 times weekly.
Mumbai* - Frequency will be doubled to 6 weekly flights.
Seoul - Will be increased from 4 weekly nonstop flights to 6 weekly nonstop flights. In addition to that, MAS also operate another weekly flight to Seoul via Kota Kinabalu, thus offering passengers a daily flight.
Shanghai - Frequency will be doubled from once daily to twice daily.
Singapore - Most of the B737 flights will be upgraded to A330 flights.
Taipei - Frequency will be increased from 12 weekly flights to 13 weekly flights. New flight will operate via Kota Kinabalu.
Xiamen - Frequency will be icnreased from 3 weekly flights to 5 weekly flights.
Yangon - Frequency will be increased from 2 weekly flights to 3 weekly flights.
Melbourne - 3 new non-stop flights to Melbourne departing KUL in the morning, replacing MH 132/133 which operates via Sydney. Total frequency to Melbourne still stands at 4.
Perth - Will get an additional weekly nonstop flight departing KUL in the early evening.
Sydney - Frequency will be reduced from 14 weekly flights to 11 weekly flights.
Amsterdam - The daily B772 flight will be upgraded to a daily B744 flight.
Paris - Frequency will be doubled from 3 weekly to 6 weekly flights. All flights operated by B744.
Alor Star - Frequency will be increased from 21 to 23 weekly flights.
Johore Bahru - Frequency will be increased from 32 to 34 weekly flights.
Kota Kinabalu - Some of the B737 flights will be upgraded.
Kuching - Some of the B737 flights will be upgraded.
Penang - Frequency will be increased from 85 to 101 weekly services.
In addition to that, MAS will also be introducing F50 flights between Miri and Mulu.
* There is no definite dates given for the expansion in India yet.
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