Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is on an expansion mode with capacity and frequency increases to Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne,while putting Darwin back on its network map from next month.
MAS ceased flights to Darwin in February 2002.
Its Group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said in recent weeks, MAS had launched flights to Dubai and Kochi, while increasing capacity and frequencies to Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei) and Medan (Indonesia).
"People are traveling more, and MAS is strengthening its footprint across Asia and beyond in response to market needs," he added in a statement today.
Bandar Seri Bagawan saw a 11 per cent increase in capacity into and out of it, with the utilisation of the bigger B737-800 series (160 seats) aircraft, effective August 15 this year.
Meanwhile, Medan has seen the addition of a third daily frequency from Kuala Lumpur, from September 15.This makes is 6,720 seats weekly in and out of Medan.
The planned new daily flights to Singapore from Kuala Lumpur and vice-versa will offer more seamless travel and good connections to popular destinations such as New Delhi and Beijing.
The current double daily operations from Sydney will be increased with four additional weekly flights, bringing it to 18 per week from November 21, and this will increase to 21 from February 5, 2014.
MAS is also tripling its frequency from Kuala Lumpur into Melbourne from November 21, from the current double daily service.
Flights will depart Kuala Lumpur at 7.50pm daily and arrive in Melbourne at 6.45am the following day.
The flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur will depart at 8.55am and arrive at 2.15pm the same day.
MAS has seen a steady increase in passenger traffic since the start of 2013 while matching the added capacity.
Seat loads have also improved, registering 83.3 per cent in July 2013, and equivalent to a 9.1 per cent increase from the previous year.
MAS celebrated the reinstatement of its Kuala Lumpur – Dubai service in August 2013 and Kochi in south India, became its new destination in September.-- Bernama