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MAS to stop six flights from Kuala Lumpur

Xinjiang, Padang, Manchester Vienna flights to be pulled.

March 28, 2006

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is to wind up flights between Kuala Lumpur and six international destinations in India, China, Indonesia and Europe in the next three months. The ailing airline is shutting down these flights after recording losses of $165 million in October-December quarter.

Malaysia Airlines is to stop flights to Ahmedabad and Kolkata in India, Xi'an in China, Padang in Indonesia and Manchester and Vienna in Europe. It will also discontinue Kuching-Pontianak flight during the same period, MAS said in statement.

The airline expects the flight cancellations move help it make a turnaround as route rationalisation will improve loads, increase yields and reduce losses by up to RM303.0 million for the financial year ending December 31, 2006.

Cost savings are expected to substantially offset revenue losses incurred by the rationalisation of routes, it said.

From May 15, 2006, MAS will realign some of its weekly Kuala Lumpur-Kota Kinabalu-Tokyo, Tokyo-Kota Kinabalu-Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur-Kota Kinabalu-Osaka flights to operate direct between KL International Airport and the Japanese cities. This move is expected to improve flight connectivity between Malaysia Airlines' international and domestic network, it said.


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