Malaysia Air­lines to ex­pand reach in China

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

BEI­JING: Malaysia Air­lines will serve eight new des­ti­na­tions and 11 new routes with 35 ad­di­tional fre­quen­cies be­tween Malaysia and China be­gin­ning in early 2017.

Malaysia Air­lines CEO Peter Bellew said Malaysia Air­lines plans to triple its Chi­nese busi­ness over the next five years.

“I see po­ten­tial for di­rect flights to 20 Chi­nese cities from Kuala Lumpur, Pe­nang, Kota Kin­a­balu and Kuching by 2019. We have huge con­fi­dence in China. The im­proved con­nec­tiv­ity will fos­ter deeper busi­ness links be­tween the two coun­tries. Malaysians rel­ish the busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and tourism ex­pe­ri­ence in China.

“The Chi­nese tourist mar­ket to Malaysia is grow­ing rapidly due to the shared food, lan­guage and cul­tural con­nec­tions. In ad­di­tion to this ini­tial growth, we will pro­mote tourism in Malaysia and China through sea­sonal or ad­hoc ser­vices to key leisure mar­kets such as Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kin­a­balu.

“Six of our new Chi­nese cities have never been served di­rectly by a Malaysian air­line,” he said in a state­ment.

Malaysia Air­lines will be fly­ing from Kuala Lumpur to Haikou, Nan­jing, Fuzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing in the first half of 2017. It will also launch flights from Kota Kin­a­balu to Tian­jin and from Pe­nang to Shen­zhen and Shang­hai.

The air­line will add a sec­ond daily flight be­tween Kuala Lumpur and Shang­hai sub­ject to slots in April 2017. This fol­lows the air­line’s re­cent an­nounce­ment on the ser­vice up­grade to its morn­ing Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong sec­tor from the Boe­ing 737 to the Air­bus 330.

Sep­a­rately, MAB Kargo is strength­en­ing its foot­print in the east of China with the launch of new freighter ser­vice to Guangzhou from Kuala Lumpur.

MAB Kargo will op­er­ate twice weekly A330 freighter ser­vices to Guangzhou start­ing to­mor­row. These ser­vices make a new stop at Guangzhou ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day. This new route will of­fer 60 tonnes of cargo ca­pac­ity per flight.

The twice weekly ser­vice is in­tro­duced to tap the in­creas­ing cargo move­ments be­tween Guangzhou Baiyun In­ter­na­tional Air­port and Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Guangzhou is recog­nised as the third busiest air­port in China in terms of cargo traf­fic as well as key Asia-Pa­cific hub for ma­jor cargo air­lines.

The key ex­ports car­ried by MAB Kargo will in­clude per­ish­ables cargo, pre­dom­i­nantly seafood as well as gen­eral cargo.

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