Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:34 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines today announced an increase in capacity and flights for the Malaysia-Taipei route to cater for growing demand on this network.
Effective Nov 15, its daily flights between Kota Kinabalu and Taipei will be upgraded from the present 144-seater B737-400 to the 160-seater B737-800 aircraft, offering an extra 112 seats weekly in each direction.
Effective Feb 19, 2013, it will also introduce an additional four weekly B737-800 flights to the existing daily B737-800 services between Kuala Lumpur and Taipei.
"With the change of aircraft type and increased services, we will offer 11 flights weekly from Kuala Lumpur and seven flights weekly from Kota Kinabalu to Taipei.
"This will provide a total weekly capacity of 5,760 seats between Malaysia and Taiwan in both directions," said its Regional Senior Vice President for Malaysia/ASEAN, Muzamil Mohammad, in a statement here.
"This development is also possible due to the significant improvements in the manner we deploy our narrow body aircraft.
"It has brought the double benefit of allowing us to operate more services for increased revenue generation and by flying the aircraft more often, reduce the cost of every seat kilometre flown," he added.
The new flights depart Kuala Lumpur at 1.35 am and arrive Taipei at 6.20 am every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, while the inbound flights depart Taipei at 7.55 am and arrive Kuala Lumpur at 12.45 pm on the same day.
"The Malaysian tourism industry is targeted to contribute RM104 billion to the country's Gross National Income by 2020. To achieve this ambitious growth target, Malaysia will need to achieve 36 million tourist arrivals in 2020 from 24 million in 2009, at approximately 1.5 times growth.
"Malaysia Airlines will continue to contribute improved tourist arrivals to Malaysia by gradually increasing international connectivity through its own flights and also by leveraging on existing code share arrangements with other full service carriers," Muzammil said.
Malaysia Airlines is also offering attractive offers to Taipei from now until Nov 5, 2012 for the travel period from now till June 30, 2013.
The all-inclusive promotional return economy class airfare from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei starts from RM1,159 and from RM969 for Kota Kinabalu to Taipei flights.
The all-inclusive return fare on business class from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei starts from only RM3,179 and from RM2,679 for Kota Kinabalu to Taipei.
Customers planning their travel on the above services can book and pay through all distribution channels, namely, www.malaysiaairlines.com, Malaysia Airlines 24-hour toll free number 1 300 88 3000, MH Buddy in Malaysia Airlines Facebook, MHmobile, Malaysia Airlines ticket offices and appointed agents throughout Malaysia.