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No more Network Cuts for Malaysia Airlines in 2016

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), the flag carrier airline of Malaysia and a member of the Oneworld airline alliance, will no longer cut its network capacity in 2016. Malaysia Airlines will now focus on expanding its network to emerging markets in the region instead, as the carrier sets its eyes on being profitable by 2018. Christoph Mueller, newly appointed chief executive of Malays...

Malaysia Airlines signs codeshare deal with Emirates

Malaysia Airlines will codeshare on Emirates’s four times daily service to Dubai from Kuala Lumpur from February 15th, 2016 as part of the partnership between Malaysia Airlines and Emirates which was signed early December 2015. The flights offered by Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai will therefore increase from one to four daily, although all flights will be operated on Emirat...

Malaysia Airlines to sell Boeing 777-200 planes

Malaysia Airlines will retire and sell B777-200 planes from its fleet after axing loss-making Amsterdam and Paris routes and partnering Emirates for European destinations, Malaysia Airlines says in e-mail to Bloomberg News. * Some of these planes are 20 years old * Mutual separation scheme offered to pilots of this aircraft on case-by-case basis; 40% of B777 pilots requested for separat...

Civil Aviation Department gets RM700 million for upgrades

The Civil Aviation Department (DCA) is getting a RM700 million upgrade to its air traffic management systems to keep up with increasing demands. A DCA official told theSun that the new system will be able to process significantly more data and information, which will allow Air Traffic Control (ATC) to perform its duties in a safer and more efficient manner. "The number of plan...

Malaysia launches its first Islamic airline

Malaysia’s first Islamic-compliant airline Rayani Air began operations Sunday with its maiden flight taking off from the capital to the resort island of Langkawi, local media reported. In-flight meals served on board its flights are completely halal, with alcohol consumption strictly prohibited. Muslim flight crew must don the hijab while non-Muslim crew are to be decently dressed, man...

Aviation Sector Full Of Turbulence In 2015

It was less than smooth for the country’s aviation sector this year, having mustered drawbacks like retrenchments, failed start-ups, foreignexchange (forex) losses and slowing growth. The industry was seen to continue carrying pessimistic views from travellers since 2014, where three massive air tragedies involving Malaysian airlines occurred. While Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) is repor...

They're Our Planes! Owner of Unclaimed Boeings at KLIA Appears

An aviation firm has come forth to claim three Boeing 747s that local airport authorities warned would be auctioned off, and accused Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd of refusing to accept its ownership of the planes. Swift Air Cargo chief executive officer Captain Blue Peterson insisted that his firm was in contact with MAHB the entire time, but this did not stop the airport authority from publis...

Malaysia Airlines and Emirates sign agreement to expand partnership

Existing Interline agreement has been enhanced to a reciprocal codeshare partnership Malaysia Airlines and Emirates today announced a new partnership that will give their customers a seamless international network connecting Malaysia to more than 90 destinations on the Emirates network across Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Americas, exclusive frequent flyer benefits and world-class travel...

Malaysia Airlines rolls out new A330 business class seats

Malaysia Airlines unveiled its new A330-300 Business Class seats at the World Travel Market in London. The new seats, which will be introduced in April 2016, will see all 15 A330-300 aircrafts fitted with the new configuration by September 2016. The business class seat pitch, which measures at 43 inches with a width of 20.6 inches and length of 76 inches (fully flat), is one of the best rece...

Envoy Confident that More Visitors from China Will Flock to Malaysia

The visa relaxation rules for Chinese tourists will bring in more tourists to Malaysia, said Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang. Commenting on the relationship between Malaysia and China, Dr Huang said both countries had historical, cultural, traditional and blood ties which have surpassed many centuries. "I am promoting Penang aggressively to Chinese businessmen and Chines...

Malaysia Airlines to Unveil New Name, Logo and Livery Next Month

Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) is set to undergo a brand overhaul that would involve a new name, logo and livery for its aircraft, with the changes to be unveiled next month, sources told The Edge Financial Daily. It is understood that the changes, which include an overhaul of the design and colour of its livery, are part of a plan to shed a negative image many in the international marke...

MH370: Plane Wreckage with Pilot Skeleton and Malaysian Airlines Colours "Found"

The man whose nephew made the "find" has also made the extraordinary claim the aircraft part contained skeleton remains in the pilot's chair with the seatbelt fastened. The pair were said to be hunting for birds when they spotted the wreckage in Mindanao, the second largest island in the country. The uncle, named as Jamil Omar, an audio visual technician in his 40s, said h...