15 JANUARY 2018
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With the introduction of the Airbus A350 XWB on the London – Kuala Lumpur route later today (15 January) Malaysia Airlines has announced that it will be reinstating direct flights between KL and Brisbane from 6 June. By that time it is expected the Heathrow route will be totally serviced by the new long-range Airbus.
The service will run four times a week, providing 120,000 seats to/from Brisbane airport with two-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The airline will be operating the route every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Adrian Keating, Malaysia Airlines’ regional manager for the UK, Ireland, Europe and North America, said: “We are delighted to be returning to Brisbane and to offer our customers the best service and connectivity within Asia-Pacific. We have enjoyed a historic link with Queensland which boasts some of Australia’s leading tourist attractions.”
Today Malaysia Airlines operates between Kuala Lumpur and Australia with routes to Sydney (twice daily), Melbourne (twice daily), Perth (daily) and Adelaide (four times a week) all providing connections to London.
In August 2014, the Malaysian government's sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional – which then owned 69.37% of the airline – announced its intention to purchase remaining ownership from minority shareholders and de-list the airline from Malaysia's stock exchange, thereby renationalising the airline.
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