Malaysia Airlines to fly Airbus 330 to Hong Kong, offers special deal

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 26): Malaysia Airlines Bhd today announced a fare deal of RM788 all-in return economy class and RM2,088 all-in return on business class as the national carrier introduces the Airbus 330 on the Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong route.

The promotion starts from today until Oct 31 for travel from Jan 1 next year, prior to the Chinese Lunar New Year.

"We are excited to be flying the A330 to Hong Kong. By the end of the first quarter of 2017, we will be the only airline to provide the fully flat business class seat on a wide body aircraft for this sector," said Malaysia Airlines chief executive officer Peter Bellew.

"Our new business class seat is already a hit among our guests and we want to share this experience with our passengers on the Hong Kong route, where more business travellers can benefit from our facilities," he added in a statement today.

MH72 is the first flight out of Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong, departing at 8.40am and arriving at 12.30pm. The return flight, MH73, departs Hong Kong at 2.50pm and arrives in Kuala Lumpur at 6.55pm.

"The upgauging affirms our operations to Hong Kong in the long term and allows us to increase our capacity by 80%. Also, subject to passenger demand, we will consider adding a second Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong service upgrade," said Bellew.

Malaysia Airlines flies three times daily to Hong Kong and the route is currently serviced by the B737-800. The upgauging will take effect from Jan 1.

Meanwhile, Bellew also announced that Malaysia Airlines and Amadeus have signed a technology agreement that will focus on three strategic areas — transforming the airline's passenger service operations, developing new revenue streams and revamping the online shopping experience for travellers.

"Technology will play an important role in Malaysia Airlines' transformation, and I am confident that Amadeus and its technology will allow us to streamline our operations and deliver the best service to our customers," said Bellew.

"Amadeus offers a great web booking experience and state-of-the-art mobile applications to suit individual needs so passengers can look forward to a leaner, more agile experience from booking tickets to pre-purchasing excess baggage, meals and managing loyalty points, all at the click of a button," he added.