22 SEPTEMBER 2014

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Article from BTNews 22 SEPTEMBER 2014

BA and Kuala Lumpur

Will the downsizing of Malaysia Airlines include the dropping of its twice daily A380 Heathrow service when British Airways returns to Kuala Lumpur next Spring?  The UK airline last week announced the introduction of a four-class Boeing 777-200ER operation on the route configured with 12 seats in First, 48 in Club World, 32 in World Traveller Plus and 127 in World Traveller.  Its return to the city pair will boost capacity by 22.2%.

“We have been working to resume flights to Kuala Lumpur for a long time, so it’s wonderful to be back in the heart of Malaysia once again,” said Lynne Embleton, Director of Business Strategy, British Airways. “We are re-starting the route in response to commercial demand from our customers who have been asking us for direct British Airways flights to Kuala Lumpur, which opens up new connecting routes around the region."

Kuala Lumpur is the world’s largest aviation hub not currently served directly by British Airways, and with Malaysia Airlines a major centre for oneworld.   Malaysia itself has strong ties with the UK and a large, rapidly growing economy with a focus on international trade.  “A thriving economy offers fantastic opportunities for UK businesses, while holiday-makers can enjoy some stunning destinations around the country and beyond,” added Embleton. www.ba.com

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