The carrier has begun an all-out effort to rebuild its global network over the coming weeks.
Malaysia’s national airline is gradually resuming scheduled international services this month, allowing for essential travel in and out of Kuala Lumpur, but regular flights to Mumbai, Hong Kong, and Osaka will be held off until August. MAS planes are already taking off twice a week to Singapore, and it plans to ramp up the frequency to a daily service next month, before going double daily in September.
Malaysia Airlines currently flies to seven other destinations in Southeast Asia—including Bangkok, Jakarta, and Manila—and four in Australasia. The sole relaunched route outside the Asia-Pacific region is to London Heathrow; an Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft has been deployed on a twice-weekly basis so Malaysians can return home from the United Kingdom; this will increase to three times a week from September 3.
Travelers will be required to wear face masks as part of Malaysia Airlines’ new health and safety measures. All frontline staff on the ground and in the air are given personal protective equipment, and must undergo daily health screenings. Inflight dining is now modified to reduce contact between cabin crew and passengers, while reading materials and inflight duty-free shopping have both been suspended. Customers will each receive their own hygiene kits with a non-surgical face mask, hand sanitizer, and sanitary wipes.
Ongoing restrictions in most countries could impact MAS’s planned operations over the next few months. Malaysia has imposed its own entry ban on foreign citizens (with a few exceptions) until August 31, and those who have permission to enter the country must self-quarantine for 14 days. That said, essential business travel between Malaysia and Singapore is due to restart on August 10.
The full list of reinstated routes from Kuala Lumpur, classified by month and region, can be seen below:
Australasia: Auckland, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
South Asia: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kathmandu, Kochi
Southeast Asia: Bangkok, Denpasar (Bali), Jakarta, Manila, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Singapore, Surabaya
East Asia: Guangzhou, Seoul Incheon, Tokyo Narita
Europe: London Heathrow
Australasia: Adelaide, Brisbane
South Asia: Colombo, Dhaka, Mumbai
Southeast Asia: Medan
East Asia: Hong Kong, Osaka Kansai, Taipei Taoyuan
Southeast Asia: Bandar Seri Begawan, Yangon