Date Posted: 13/06/2018
Last Wednesday, 6 June 2018 Malaysia Airlines celebrated it’s inaugural flight to Brisbane from Kuala Lumpur, a special send-off departure event was held in Kuala Lumpur International Airport prior to the planes departure to celebrate this momentous occasion.
The special send-off event was jointly organised by Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland and the Brisbane Airport Corporation.
This event celebrated the re-opening of the airlines operations into Queensland, while promoting Brisbane as the key destination for business and leisure travellers. The flight was axed by Malaysia Airlines over two years ago, coinciding with their extreme cost cutting measures which saw their larger aircraft fleet sold and man routes axed.
Thankfully the route is now back in operation, now Malaysia Airlines are getting back on their feet.
The send-off event was attended by Malaysia Airlines, Chief Commercial Officer, Arved von zur Muehlen. He said “Australia is one of our biggest markets including Brisbane, Australia’s third most populous city. We are excited to be returning to Brisbane to offer passengers better connectivity with our four times weekly direct flights into the city.”
The Brisbane bound flight MH135 departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 1030hrs and arrived into Brisbane at 2026hrs later that day. The operating aircraft was 9M-MTE. The return flight MH134 departed Brisbane at 2335hrs and arrived into Kuala Lumpur the following morning at 0500hrs, with a flight time of just over seven and a half hours.
Those passengers on flight MH135 were given special goodie bags, at the boarding gate in Kuala Lumpur airport prior to their flight.
The service will be operated by Malaysia Airlines fleet of Airbus A330-300 aircrafts with a total seating capacity of 290 seats across the three class cabin configuration. There are 27 seats in Business Class and 263 seats in Economy. The flights will operate four times per week, operating on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at this time, with planes to increase to a daily service if there is enough demand.
“Our service goes beyond just providing airline travel. We have recently embarked on a brand refresh centred around Malaysian Hospitality. Malaysian Hospitality is what Malaysia Airlines has been long known for—a warm and genuine service which reflects Malaysian culture and traditions.” Mr. Muehlen added.
Passengers travelling in Business class with get to have access to fully adjustable flat beds configured into an alternate 1-2-1 and 1-2-2 layout, check the seat map for a detailed diagram. This is a vast improvement from the previous offering. Business class passengers, as well as those oneworld Sapphire and Emerald customers will have access to the Qantas International Business Lounge when departing Brisbane Airport.
According to Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan, “Malaysia continues to be a significant contributor to Australia’s visitor economy with around 400,000 Malaysians travelling to our country each year, and we continue to work closely with our longstanding partner Malaysia Airlines to realise the tourism opportunities of the market.”
With the re-addition of this service it provides 240 jobs annually to the industry and injects millions of dollars into the state’s economy each year. Supporting business, trade and freight throughout the whole of Queensland as well as providing Brisbane residents with a means of accessing a great range of flights throughout Asia when connecting through the airlines Kuala Lumpur hub. The flight arrives in the earlier hours of the morning, offering a greater range of connection options throughout the whole oneworld alliance. Adding greater competition to the market should in theory reduce the cost of airfares to many overseas destinations, including London.
“This is not a new partnership we’re celebrating today, Malaysia Airlines has been a part of the Brisbane Airport family since 1990, so today’s re-launch is about rekindling a very strong, long-term partnership and celebrating future success and opportunities between Queensland and Malaysia,” commented Ms. Alroe, CEO and Managing Director of Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC)