NWA used to fly into KUL
in from 1998 to 2001. I don't think they did well on the route because they were flying passengers between KUL
instead of NRT
, where their Pacific hub is. Plus, they are flying with DC-10s and bear in mind that Asian passengers are very conscious with the type of aircraft they are flying with. Once they hear something like DC-10s or old aircraft, no matter how good it is maintained, they will probably write off the airline itself.
DIA: Austrian Air also operates into KUL
. European Airlines that had pulled out from KUL
include Air France, Lufthansa, British Air, Sabena, Tarom Bulgarian Airlines. I am not too sure if Malev Hungarian Airlines and CSA Czech Airlines operated into KUL
before. Qantas, Air New Zeland, Ansett all used to serve KUL
On the brighter side, Orient Thai, Air Macau, Yemenia, Qatar Air, Xiamen Air, Mekong Air, Royal Nepal Airlines, Philipphines Air have all inaugurated services into KUL
in the past year or so. (PR
is coming online soon) Also, other East Asian carriers, e.g. China Southern, Korean Air, China Airlines have all inreased their capacity into KUL
Rupervander82: It is not easier for the passengers to do so! (transit in SIN
) Plus, it's more expensive for the pax to do so. When British Air pulled out from KUL
, they thought that their loyal customers will not mind the transit in Singapore and fly with British Air from Singapore to London, but I guess they were wrong. All of these so called loyal British Air customers have now found a better airline to fly with, i.e. MAS, which provide a better seat pitch and a nonstop service from KUL
. And don't forget the ex-Europe/America passengers which need to transit in Heathrow and then again at Singapore just to get into Kuala Lumpur. Personally, I think they will go with MAS and transfer at any cities served by MAS or another European/Middle eastern carrier.