Malaysia’s flag carrier has recently announced its plan to boost its China services with eight new destinations, 11 additional routes, and 35 extra frequencies. Scheduled to roll out early next year, Malaysia Airlines’ network expansion in China is in line with the carrier’s ongoing strategy to cater to the growing tourism demand and strengthen business links between the two countries. “Malaysia Airlines plans to triple our 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,” explained Peter Bellew, the airline’s chief executive officer.
Customers of Malaysia Airlines will soon be able to fly between Kuala Lumpur and Haikou, Nanjing, Fuzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, and Chongqing, as well as from Kota Kinabalu to Tianjin, and from Penang to Shenzhen and Shanghai. The airline will also upgrade its morning Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong sector from the Boeing 737 to the Airbus A330, and add a second daily flight between Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai given that slots are available in April.
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