Malaysia Airlines increases Colombo-Kuala Lumpur service

Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, providing daily direct connections between Colombo and the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, is introducing 3 daytime flights  making it a total of 10 weekly flights between the two cities effective 1 April 2013.

Apart from the daily Boeing 737-800 flights departing Colombo at 0100 hours and arriving Kuala Lumpur at 0710 hours, the 3 new weekly services will be operated every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The day time flights depart at 1300 hours to arrive Kuala Lumpur at 1910 hours while the Kuala Lumpur-Colombo day time flight departs Kuala Lumpur at 1110 hours and arrives Colombo at 1200 hours.

With the introduction of the 3 weekly services, the capacity of this route is increased by 40% (480 seats) in each direction.

The new daytime flights provide better travel options for customers who will enjoy improved connectivity to destinations in the airline’s network.

Malaysia Airlines’ Regional Senior Vice President for South Asia and Middle East Azahar Hamid said, “With the overwhelming response received from the Sri Lanka market we are pleased to announce our 3 additional daytime frequencies. With new aircraft, authentic South Asian inflight cuisine and Malaysian Hospitality delivered by our award winning crew as well as competitive pricing, we are certain that our customers will cherish their travel experiences with us.”

For the benefit of consumers, the new frequencies are timed to offer further improved connectivity options via Kuala Lumpur to destinations in Australia and New Zealand as well as our destinations to major cities in China and in the ASEAN countries.

To gear up the aggressive plans for the market, Malaysia Airlines has recently appointed Mr. Shah’Irwan Shahizan as its new General Manager – Sri Lanka and Maldives, stationed at Colombo.

About Malaysia Airlines:

Malaysia Airlines (www.malaysiaairlines.com) is one of Asia’s largest, flying around 37,000 passengers daily to some 80 destinations worldwide across 4 continents. The distinctive Malaysia Airlines brand is an extension of the special culture of warmth and friendliness unique to Malaysians. This inimitable Malaysian sense of graciousness is branded as “Malaysian Hospitality” and symbolized by the acronym MH which is also the airline’s flight code.

Both Malaysia Airlines and its Kuala Lumpur hub are among the industry’s most frequent winners of awards for quality service. Malaysia Airlines itself has won the World’s Best Cabin Crew title from the Skytrax airline quality rating agency in six of the past 10 years.

Malaysia Airlines has grown from strength to strength in Sri Lanka since its inception on 4 August 2002. From a twice a week frequency, it currently operates daily flights from Colombo to Kuala Lumpur.

The increase is a recognition of the vibrant growth of the Sri Lankan economy and its tourism sector. Malaysia Airlines is represented in Sri Lanka by Hemas Air Services, a member of Hemas Holdings PLC, which is a diversified conglomerate, listed on the Sri Lankan stock exchange.

Malaysia Airlines started services to Colombo from Kuala Lumpur via Maldives using an Airbus A330 aircraft. In 2007, the frequency was increased to four times weekly and this was subsequently increased to five times a week from October 2009.

Owing to an increase in demand after the end of the 30 years civil unrest in Sri Lanka by May 2009, Malaysia Airlines delinked its operations via Maldives and from 1 September 2010, began direct flights between Colombo and Kuala Lumpur using Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Another important milestone was charted when Malaysia Airlines, in just below two years, increased its frequency from five times a week to daily flights from 28 March 2011. This increased the capacity from Colombo by 40% and the airline recorded a growth in passenger numbers of 68% for 2010/2011 Financial Year (FY). For 2011/2012 (FY), Malaysia Airlines anticipates a passenger growth of about 20%.