Malaysia Airlines

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Malaysia Airlines (Abbreviated: MAS,马航 ; Malay: Penerbangan Malaysia; Chinese: 马来西亚航空公司; Hanyu Pinyin: Málaixīya Hángkōng Gōngsī)(in Italian language is Aerolinee di Malesia)is the national airline of Malaysia, operating scheduled services to over 100 destinations worldwide. It also operates domestic network and charter services. Its main base is Kuala Lumpur International Airport, with hubs at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Penang International Airport and Kuching International Airport.

The airline started operations on 1 May 1947 as Malayan Airways, changing to Malaysian Airways in November 1963 after the formation of Malaysia. With the separation of Singapore from the Federation of Malaysia on 9 August 1965, the Singapore and Malaysia governments took over majority control from BOAC and other shareholders and the airline was renamed Malaysia-Singapore Airlines. On 3 April 1971 the airline was split into Malaysian Airlines System and Singapore Airlines. The new airline began operations on 1 October 1972 as the national carrier of Malaysia. On 15 October 1987, the trading name was changed to Malaysia Airlines.


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* South Africa
o Cape Town (Cape Town International Airport)
o Johannesburg (OR Tambo International Airport)

East Asia

* China, People's Republic of
o Beijing (Beijing Capital International Airport)
o Guangzhou (Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport)
o Hong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport)
o Kunming (Kunming Wujiaba International Airport)
o Shanghai (Shanghai Pudong International Airport)
o Xiamen (Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport)

* China, Republic of (Taiwan)
o Kaohsiung (Kaohsiung International Airport)
o Taipei (Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport)

* Japan
o Nagoya (Chubu International Airport)
o Osaka (Kansai International Airport)
o Tokyo (Narita International Airport)

* South Korea
o Seoul (Incheon International Airport)

Southeast Asia

* Brunei Darussalam
o Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei International Airport)

* Cambodia
o Phnom Penh (Phnom Penh International Airport)
o Siem Reap (Angkor International Airport)

* Indonesia
o Denpasar (Ngurah Rai International Airport)
o Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta International Airport)
o Medan (Polonia International Airport)
o Padang (Minangkabau International Airport)
o Surabaya (Juanda International Airport)
o Tarakan (Juwata Airport)

* Malaysia
o Alor Star (Sultan Abdul Halim Airport)
o Bintulu (Bintulu Airport)
o Johor Bahru (Senai International Airport)
o Kota Bharu (Sultan Ismail Petra Airport)
o Kota Kinabalu (Kinabalu Kinabalu International Airport)Secondary Hub
o Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) Hub
o Kuala Terengganu (Sultan Mahmud Airport)
o Kuantan (Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport)
o Kuching (Kuching International Airport)Secondary Hub
o Labuan (Labuan Airport)
o Langkawi (Langkawi International Airport)
o Miri (Miri Airport)
o Penang (Penang International Airport)Secondary Hub
o Sandakan (Sandakan Airport)
o Sibu (Sibu Airport)
o Tawau (Tawau International Airport)

* Myanmar
o Yangon (Yangon International Airport)

* Philippines
o Cebu (Mactan-Cebu International Airport)
o Manila (Ninoy Aquino International Airport)

* Singapore
o Singapore(Singapore Changi Airport)

* Thailand
o Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport)
o Phuket (Phuket International Airport)

* Viet Nam
o Hanoi (Noi Bai International Airport)
o Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport)

South Asia

* Bangladesh
o Dhaka (Zia International Airport)

* India
o Bangalore (HAL Airport)
o Chennai (Chennai International Airport)
o Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport)
o Hyderabad (Begumpet Airport)
o Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport)

* Maldives
o Malé (Malé International Airport)

* Pakistan
o Karachi (Jinnah International Airport)

* Sri Lanka
o Colombo (Bandaranaike International Airport)

Southwest Asia

* Lebanon
o Beirut (Beirut International Airport)

* Saudi Arabia
o Jeddah (King Abdulaziz International Airport)

* United Arab Emirates
o Dubai (Dubai International Airport)


* France
o Paris (Charles de Gaulle International Airport)
* Germany
o Frankfurt (Frankfurt International Airport)

* Italy
o Rome (Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport)

* Netherlands
o Amsterdam (Amsterdam Schiphol Airport)

* Sweden
o Stockholm (Stockholm-Arlanda Airport)

* Switzerland
o Zürich (Zürich International Airport)

* Turkey
o Istanbul (Ataturk International Airport)

* United Kingdom
o London (London Heathrow Airport)

North America

* United States
o Los Angeles (Los Angeles International Airport)
o Newark (Newark Liberty International Airport)


* Australia
o Adelaide (Adelaide International Airport)
o Brisbane (Brisbane Airport)
o Melbourne (Melbourne Airport)
o Perth (Perth Airport)
o Sydney (Kingsford Smith International Airport)

* New Zealand
o Auckland (Auckland International Airport)

South America

* Argentina
o Buenos Aires (Ministro Pistarini International Airport)

Terminated Destinations

The following destinations were served by scheduled Malaysia Airlines flights but have been suspended or terminated.

* Africa
o Egypt (Cairo- 2006)

* East Asia
o China (Chengdu- 2006, Guilin- 2005, Macau- Mid 90's, Xian- 2006, Wuhan)
o Japan (Fukuoka- 2006)
o Korea, South (Busan- Late 90's)

* Southeast Asia
o Indonesia (Balikpapan- 2005, Manado- 2005, Makassar- 2001, Padang- 2006, Pontianak- 2006, Tarakan- 2006)
o Laos (Vientiane- 1998)
o Malaysia (Ipoh- 2006)
o Philippines (Davao- Late 90's, Zamboanga- Late 90's)
o Thailand (Chiang Mai- Late 90's, Hat Yai- Early 2000's)

* South Asia
o India (Ahmedabad- 2006, Kolkata- 2006)

* Southwest Asia
o Bahrain (Bahrain seasonal - 2006)
o Kuwait (Kuwait City seasonal - 2006)
o Syria (Damascus- 2006)

* Europe
o Austria (Vienna- 2006)
o Belgium (Brussels- Late 90's)
o Croatia (Zagreb- Late 90's)
o Germany (Munich- 2001)
o Spain (Madrid- 2001)
o United Kingdom (Manchester- 2006)

* North America
o Canada (Vancouver- 2001)
o Mexico (Mexico City- Mid 90's)
o United States (Honolulu- Mid 90's)

* Oceania
o Australia (Cairns- Early 2000's, Darwin- Early 2000's)
o New Zealand (Christchurch)

Travel Classes

Malaysia Airlines offers three travel classes: First, Business (Golden Club) and Economy Class.

First Class

The newer version of First Class was introduced in 2005 is only available on Boeing 747-400 with 12 seats. It features a 180 degree flat bed seat with a pitch of 80" and a width of 20.5" which is electronically controlled that can choose from a variety of positions at the touch of a button. The seat also doubles a visitor’s seat. There is a 115 AC power outlet for the notebook or electronic devices, 15-inch LCD touch screen monitor for entertainment that can be stowed away when not in use and a personal controller unit.

Golden Club Class

Business Class or Golden Club Class is available on all of Malaysia Airlines fleet. The newer business class that was introduced in 2005 can only be found on Boeing 747-400 which has 41 seats and Boeing 777-200 which has 35 seats. It features 171 degree lie flat seat with a pitch of 62" and a width of 18.5" which is electronically controlled that can choose from a variety of positions at the touch of a button. There is a 10.4-inch LCD touch screen monitor, a personal controller unit and a 115 AC power outlet for other devices into. Other business class are available on Airbus A330 series and Boeing 737-400 which only feature recliners. Personal Television are available on those type of seats on Airbus A330-200.

Economy Class

Economy Class is available on all of Malaysia Airlines fleet. The seats feature a pitch of 34" and width of 17" with foot rests and lumbar support. On Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200 and Airbus A330-200, it offers a 6.5" Personal TV located behind each seat and footrest located below the seat infront.

In-flight entertainment

Select is the in-flight entertainment system of Malaysia Airlines. There are two types of Select, Select 3000i and Select Mainscreen. For aircrafts fitted with the Select 3000i, passengers can choose over 500 hours of audio and video programming. With 200 music CDs and 50 movies on-demand available, passengers can start, stop, forward and rewind their selected programme at will. A touch screen personal TV is available for First Class passengers and Golden Club Class (Business Class) on board Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

Loyalty programmes

Malaysia Airlines has 2 loyalty programmes, Grads for Students by Malaysia Airlines (Grads) and Enrich by Malaysia Airlines (Enrich). Grads is a loyalty programme with benefits designed for students. Enrich by Malaysia Airlines is a travel reward programme for frequent travellers that comprises a variety of airlines, banks, credit card issuers, hotels and lifestyle retailers around the world.

Enrich by Malaysia Airlines

In 30 September 1987, Malaysian Airline System introduced Esteemed Traveller loyalty programme. In the early 1990s, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Thai Airways International and Singapore Airlines launched their joint Asian frequent flyer programme Passages. The joint programme was officially dissolved in 1999 and Enrich made its debut after the split from Passages.

Enhanced Enrich

On 12 July 2006, Malaysia Airlines introduced its enhanced Enrich frequent flyer programme. The programme is now known as Enrich by Malaysia Airlines (Enrich), modeled after its more successful loyalty programme Grads for Students by Malaysia Airlines. One of the enhancements in the programme was the introduction of the Enrich Silver membership, which focuses on economy class travelers, while retaining the other memberships – Enrich Blue, Enrich Gold and Enrich Platinum.

Enrich current membership of one million is spread over 240 countries, with the strongest in Malaysia at about 60%, followed by Australia (14%), Singapore, Britain and the US. Enrich membership numbers have been growing at an average of 23 per cent per year, well above the industry’s average of 18 per cent. Enrich members clocked in a total of 2.5 billion miles in 2005.

There are four levels of Enrich memberships, each offering various privileges including priority check-in, priority standby, extra baggage allowance, amongst others. Miles can be accrued on qualifying Malaysia Airlines services, as well through a host of partners, including airlines, hotels, car rental agencies and credit card companies. Miles accrued by members allow for redemption for free travel, free upgrades and a host of other complimentary services.

Partner airlines
Members of Enrich are able to accrue miles on qualifying flights on the following airlines:[11]

* Air France
* All Nippon Airways
* Northwest Airlines
* Swiss International Air Lines
* Virgin Atlantic

For avid travelers, Malaysia Airlines also run its annual Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair where fantastic travel offers are made available.

Source: Wikipedia


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