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Message started by Gurpreet Singh on 21. Oct 2005 at 00:16

Title: Malaysia Airlines - shame on u!!!
Post by Gurpreet Singh on 21. Oct 2005 at 00:16

19-10-2005: MAS 'defers' flights to 5 new destinations

Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) has "deferred indefinitely" flights to new destinations in India and China as part of its efforts to contain cost and improve performance.

"Services to new destinations such as Amritsar, Cochin, Fuzhou, Guilin and Shenzen will be deferred indefinitely as part of the national airline's efforts to contain its cost growth and improve performance," it said in a statement on Oct 19.

It said the northern winter 2005 pattern, which takes effect from Oct 30, 2005 to March 26, 2006, MAS would consolidate its network by increasing frequencies and capacity to selected destinations while revisiting sectors that had demonstrated poor performance.

Currently, MAS operates 30 weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to seven Indian cities – New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.

“Frequencies into New Delhi, one of the three primary gateways in the Indian sub-continent, will be increased from four times weekly to daily flights bringing the total to 33 weekly flights,” it said.

In China, MAS operates in eight cities comprising Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming, Shanghai, Xiamen and X’ian. It said flights to Xiamen would increase from three to four weekly services, bringing the total number of flights per week to 54 from Kuala Lumpur.

Capacity would be injected into Australia and New Zealand specifically Perth and Auckland, with flights operating on B747. Currently flights are operated on the B777.

MAS said the realignment of network was expected to result in improving route financials thereby leveraging on yield improvement opportunities which is expected to bring about better performance

“MAS continues to monitor and evaluate its operations and will further realign and consolidate its services to complement traffic demand,” it added.

:( ??? :'( >:( :(

Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines - shame on u!!!
Post by Mr Dhaliwal on 22. Oct 2005 at 21:59

I wonder, was it the airline that decided not fly to amritsar, or was it not liked by the "chiefs"  to see punjab expand.

Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines - shame on u!!!
Post by Gurpreet Singh on 23. Oct 2005 at 01:43

Why not try an alternative to Amritsar and Kochi, either use Air India, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways or Air Sahara to launch tri-weekly flights to Kuala Lumpur or even a subsidary airline of Malaysia Airlines which will take the replacement of Malaysia Airlines.

How do like my idea?

Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines - shame on u!!!
Post by musafir on 16. Nov 2005 at 15:52

Air Arabia uses India's Open Skies policy to tap smaller cities
New Delhi | November 15, 2005 5:07:44 PM IST

Taking advantage of the India's Open Sky policy, global airlines like Air Arabia and Malaysian Airlines are now eyeing smaller Indian cities for future business growth.

"We see a huge potential in India's smaller cities and connecting towns like Nagpur will also encourage business travel," said Adel Ali, a senior official of the Air Arabia.

Air Arabia a Sharjah-based low cost airline which operates in the Middle East and North Africa region, had recently launched a flight between Nagpur and United Arab Emirates. It had become the first international carrier to fly to Nagpur. Fares start from Rs.2,400 for a one-way flight to the UAE, exclusive of tax and surcharges.

"We have a history of creating destinations and bringing affordable travel to more people across the region and look forward to doing the same in Nagpur," said Air Arabia chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani.

"We look forward to growing trade and tourism links between the United Arab Emirates and Nagpur and providing the opportunity to the people in and around Nagpur to travel to the UAE," he added.

According to sources, Malaysian Airlines is now planning to begin operations to Amritsar and to some tier-II cities like Guntur, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. The airlines are enthused by the strong load factor in its flights to Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

"Smaller cities will be the drivers of international air travel growth for years to come," said Adel Ali.

While overall foreign travel demand grew 30 percent this summer, the bookings from smaller cities outpaced the industry growth at close to 40 percent.

"It's a lot of untapped market and airlines are seeing this at a huge goldmine," he said.

Besides, Air Arabia, Singapore Airlines, Air India and Malaysia Airlines are operating their flights to the small towns of the country.

Meanwhile, Air India Express, the budget travel arm of Air India is planning to spread its operation to Bahrain, Doha and Kuwait in the Gulf region, and Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in the Far East early next year. Most of these new international connections would originate from south India.

Air India Chairman and Managing Director V Thulasidas said that the airline is planning to begin operation to Doha, Kuwait and Bahrain by early next year. "With these connection in place, AI will withdraw most of its operations to these cities," he said. Private airliner Air Sahara has also entered the American airline market through a code sharing arrangement with American Airlines (AA), which will take off with AA's inaugural Chicago-New Delhi non-stop service.

The two airlines have agreed on a reciprocal frequent flyer programme. Apart from this, both AA and Air Sahara will be putting on their codes in India, the transatlantic flights between New Delhi and Chicago, and beyond.

For instance, AA will have its code on Air Sahara's 26 destinations in India including New Delhi and Air Sahara in turn will have its S2 code on American flights over the transatlantic to Chicago and beyond.

The Office of Secretary in the Department of Transportation (DOT) had given the final consent on November 8 to a filing on October 3 for approval of Code Share. (ANI)

>:( :o

Title: Re: Malaysia Airlines - shame on u!!!
Post by musafir on 16. Nov 2005 at 15:55

I thought that MAS cancelled fnew flights to Kochi and Amritsar, but now it seems to re-introduce Amritsar as its next destination after Kolkata and Ahmedabad, plus another few desinations Andhra Pradesh, where there is one international airport and that is Hyderabad.

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