Tullamarine - I never stated that Qantas was not welcomed in Malaysia. I merely pointed out the fact that Qantas has lost the Malaysian market due to its short-sightedness in the market.
I travelled on QF's KUL-SYD 767 service shortly before its demise in 1998 and it was indeed a sorry sight - there were about 28 passengers on the flight and this was after the X'mas / NY holidays. MAS' 747 flight boarding at the next gate was packed and before you state that the majority were transit passengers - looking at the holding room - the majority looked like the average Malaysian travelling public travelling for whatever reason.
As mentioned before - BA's LHR-KUL-SYD route was profitable but as it was a code-share with QF the majority of QF seats flew empty between KUL-SYD - thus the route was axed on QF's part. I have also travelled many times between BNE/SYD and London and my last BNE-SIN sector on BA16 was only about 1/4 full - don't convince me that that route operated at a profit from day to day.
Once again I reiterate that not every route consistently flies at a profit - otherwise all airline timetables will vary considerably depending on the season much like charter carriers. Nor am I 'emotional' about KUL due to the mentioned airlines leaving KUL - it's just a fact that getting on to a flight bound for KUL is often virtually impossible and with airlines pulling out - the consumer is losing out as passengers now HAVE to fly with Malaysia Airlines...(again before anyone shoots me - I'm not against MAS but its nice to have a choice)
I just got off the phone to BA an hour ago trying to book 6 seats to Kuala Lumpur in February - only to be told that only premium seats were available on the leg out but there were no seats available for the return unless I alter my stay AND book First Class. Why is this route such a dud with BA losing so much money on this route when there are no seats available so far in advance during LOW season? Incidently - KLM was also fully booked and MAS has selected seats available on one of their two daily flights...now guess which airline this BA Exec Club member has just booked with...its not hard really.
Vadheim and if anyone else didn't know - KL has a lot to offer and doesn't compare with Bangkok or Singapore as a city. That's like comparing Paris, Barcelona and Prague - not quite the same are they. Kuala Lumpur was actually named one of the Top 10 cities in the world to visit by Wallpaper* magazine last month - second year in the row. For shops - KUL beats SIN hands down due to the exchange rate, for kids there are theme parks for them to spend days in, for sport there are world-class golf courses to play on and the food is still some of the finest in the region.
G-Kiran - not all Malaysians think KLIA is the best - its good and give credit where its due. The point about KLIA being too big has already been discussed to death. It would be very short-sighted and uneconomical for any city to choose a new site and build an airport that doesn't cater to its growing needs. KLIA is NOT too big. One terminal building with one satellite terminal for International flights and two runways is not unjustified. It seems that providing passengers with space and comfort can also provoke criticism too. Also note the circumstances which occured in Asia in 1998 as pointed out by Triple Seven.