Interesting to see StarGoldLHR had flown LGK
Now, whilst I am not disputing this fact... but I fly LHR
almost monthly and have done so for years... MAS has never 'scheduled' a LGK
or even PEN
service a far as I am aware.
As I mentioned in my post MH8 operated x4 week KUL
but returned via LGK
as MH7 for a few seasons only.
It was because as OdiE stated that neither airports could sustain a 744 departing for Europe without load restrictions.
|Quoting FlyTUITravel (Reply 11):|
I understand these flights are gone now, so AI can't be having these, so it must be one of the current MH flights??? Am I right???
i will be blunt as i seem to be repeating myself... no - you are incorrect.
read my previous post.
|Quoting Odie (Reply 12):|
Correct me if I am wrong, but I am under the impression that MH have 18 slots at LHR instead of 21. If they had 21, I’d imagine they will fly 21 times weekly to LHR at some point, no?
surrendered 7 slots to MAS. MAS did not fully utilise their slots at LHR
- as being discussed in this thread (and previous).
|Quoting StarGoldLHR (Reply 17):|
Quoting FlyTUITravel (Reply 2):
The only answer I can think of is that Malaysia Airlines is making heavy losses on LHR-KUL.
The issue here is YIELD. LHR
surprisingly had not been making a profit due to low yields. This means that although their 744s are full - they were not pricing their tickets correctly to break even. This occured throughout their network and was not exclusive to LHR
. As part of the BTP (Business Turnaround Plan), Idris Jala ensured that MAS' fare structures were changed so yields have now improved and has helped to put the airline back in the black.
To simplify this, all cabins now have LIMITED seats at various fares (see previous threads) - so whilst previously MAS was often considered 'cheap' and 'value for money' (eg. I remember picking up fares as low as £199 rtn (once post Sept 11) for LHR
and just about everyone in Y had paid this fare (or paid another £100 for Australia)... these bucket fares are now much harder to come by). The same applies in premium cabins - where I last paid £2270 rtn in March for GClub - when previously - much lower fares were common to find on MH
and one only expected to pay over £2000 with SQ
. The flights meanwhile continue to operate with healthy loads both ways - so ultimately - the routes should become even more profitable in time.
This leads to the question about the 3rd daily flight... MAS really does not need these slots as (already mentioned) with the planned deployment of the A380 soon - MAS would in effect be increasing its capacity to LHR
. As this 3rd flight would always need to depart KUL
within 2-3 hours of the current schedule - due to the timings involved - I believe MAS has not really lost anything in 'selling' these slots.