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Malaysia Airlines to increase flights to Japan

Malaysia Airlines has announced that it will increase services between Kuala Lumpur and Japan in anticipation of high travel demand following the reopening of Japan’s borders to international travellers.

Starting 1st November 2022, Malaysia Airlines will operate 3-flights-a-week between Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo Haneda, its newest route to Japan, instead of the presently operating twice-weekly flights. The airline will also increase flights between Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo Narita to daily from the presently operating 5-weekly flights.

Flight MH36 from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo Haneda departs at 15:00 hours, and the return leg MH37 departs Tokyo Haneda at 00:30 hours; whilst MH88 from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo Narita departs at 23:35 hours and MH89 departs Tokyo Narita at 10:05 hours.

In addition, since October 2022, the airline has increased frequency to Osaka to 5-weekly flights from the presently operating thrice-weekly service. MH52 departs Kuala Lumpur to Osaka at 22:40 hours and MH53 departs Osaka to Kuala Lumpur at 09:55 hours.

These flights will either be operated by the airline’s flagship Airbus A350 aircraft or the A330 aircraft. Malaysia Airlines’ A350 features 4 Business Class suites, 35 Business Class seats, 27 extra-legroom Economy Class seats and 220 standard Economy Class seats. Meanwhile, the A330 aircraft is equipped with 290 seats, comprising 27 seats in Business Class, 16 Economy Class seats with extra legroom and 247 seats in Economy Class.

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We are encouraged by the healthy uptick in forward bookings on flights to Haneda after the successful launch of our twiceweekly service in August this year. It is timely to increase the frequency now to accommodate the surge in passenger demand for travel to Japan, following the opening of the country’s border to business and leisure travellers. Our operation into Osaka has also gained good traction, with current capacity stands at 70% of pre-pandemic level.

said Captain Izham Ismail, Group Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Airlines.

We hope our additional service on the Japanese routes namely Haneda, Narita and Osaka will rebuild traffic between the two nations quickly and spur economic growth, whilst helping business and trade. The frequency increase will facilitate the airline’s capacity recovery to more than 70 percent of prepandemic levels alongside the recovery of other top performing international destinations including London, Australia, New Zealand and India.

added Captain Izham Ismail.

Travellers to Japan will be able to travel on Malaysia Airlines or its joint business partner, Japan Airlines and benefit from the ease of a single ticket, check-in services, boarding, and baggage-check operations, frequent flyer benefits, and access to lounges during the travel as well as more choice to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Japan at their convenience via key hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Haneda and Narita.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines recently placed an order for 20 Airbus A330neo aircraft as part of its fleet renewal program.

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