MAS777
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UK DTI Shuns BA For Leaving KUL

Tue Apr 03, 2001 7:41 am

A high profile British Trade and Industry delegation are in Kuala Lumpur in order to try and boost UK trade and investment in Malaysia. Following BA's decision to quite KL, a member of the delegation was quoted in the local press as saying that the UK government was not particularly happy with British Airways' decision to leave Kuala Lumpur but diplomatically pointed out that the UK government had little say in the matter.

He added that Malaysia Airlines should cease the opportunity to boost their services into the UK which I find rather amusing since MAS has been pushing for a third daily service into LHR for a few years now only to be blocked by the UK CAA.

The local British population in Malaysia are also said to be unhappy with BA's decision to leave as the British make up one of the largest expatriate communities and family members are now forced to fly via Singapore or fly Malaysian. (I guess it depends on the companies footing the bill whether or not they continue to fly BA via SIN or fly MAS now and families with young kids must find the transit a hassle)  Smile
 
Billy
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RE: UK DTI Shuns BA For Leaving KUL

Tue Apr 03, 2001 5:38 pm

I notice that BA are saying that they lost £14m/year in KL, that MAS fare-dumped, and that BA is now concentrating its regional hub in Singapore. SIN passengers are providing BA with a 40% higher yield.

I assume BA put this out to counter critiscism of late.
 
MAS777
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RE: UK DTI Shuns BA For Leaving KUL

Wed Apr 04, 2001 2:33 am

The purser on a flight in February said it was due to losses of £8 million a year - which although a loss is not really that great for a route in recovery from the economic recession in '97, for an airline like BA.

Anyway - perhaps this ought to be put to rest in peace.

Next time try KLM as they used to say.