I doubt they will re-route MH
1/2/3/4 via LGK or PEN since Virgin code-shares with MH
on these flights. MH
7/8 seems to be a more likely candidate. But then again, MH
8 carries a lot of transfer traffic originating from Australia. MH
4 would probably carry more O&D traffic or traffic from Singapore/Malaysia. Let' not even go to MH
2, that's like their premium flight. Passengers need to pay more to fly on that flight.
How much traffic can they generate between London and Langkawi/Penang that warrants 2 B744 flights a week? Although there are a lot of O&D traffic between Malaysia and UK, but I still doubt their move to re-route their KUL
flights via LGK and PEN. Plus, MH
relies on transfer traffic too and I guess passengers wouldn't be too happy flying between UK and Australia with 2 intermediate stops. All I can say is some state tourism minister just want to get their states more exposed to the world and making these irrational flight plans. (e.g. the latest one being the Sarawak tourism minister who wanted MAS to fly from Kuching to London, New Zealand and Australia and they don't realize that there aren't any premium traffic to justify these flights)
The media could be wrong, but I believe that Jogjakarta and Padang would probably be served from KUL
instead of Borneo. Jogjakarta is in Java and Padang is in Sumatra and I would say flying from KUL
would probably generate more traffic rather than from Borneo. Balikpapan and Manado will be served from BKI/KCH just coz there are more traffic between these cities compared to KUL
-NBT: This means KUL
will be served 4 times weekly and KUL
will be served 3 times weekly? And KUL
6 times weekly (3 continuing to AKL
and 3 turn around services)? Yeah, they should fly their A332 somewhere else beside Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Singapore.
have been doing pretty well in the back of the aircraft. There are virtually no First Class passnegers, but there are some Business Class passengers though. It will be great if MH
can operate 5-6 times weekly using B772 in a two-class configuration (they are planning to introduce 2-class configuration in the next year or two).
-OJO: All flights to FRA
are operated by B772. They had changed their aircraft 1 or 2 years back from operating 5 weekly B744 flights to daily B772 flights.
-SPK: I seriously don't know, but maybe there are some Eastern European traffic? But, they could easily make use of OS
' flight to Australia and Asia? Plus, passengers from other cities beside Vienna would need 3 stops instead of 2 to Australia.
Airbus Lover: I think they already have rights for 6 weekly flights and they are planning to fly 6 times a week into Paris before the SARS hit. Guess it's down to 5 weekly now. They will probably wait and see if they can generate more traffic from Paris now. Dublin, Madrid, Copenhagen or Stockholm seems to be some of the ideal destinations. There are a lot of tourist from these countries. I am really surprised that MH
do not fly into Stockholm. Malaysia receive a lot of Swedish tourist and there's a lot of trade between Malaysia and Sweden. The number of Spanish tourist outnumbers tourist from Austria, France, Holland, Italy and Switzerland, but yet MH
have flights to these countries but not Spain. Perhaps something to do with economic trade between these two countries? There are a lot of Spanish tourist in Malaysia, but I have yet to spot one though!