HK Express boss says long-haul LCCs financially viable

The CEO of Hong Kong budget airline HK Express, Andrew Cowen, says he does not think the fixed assumption that low-cost long-haul-carriers (LCCs) are financially unviable is correct.

His comments come as Singapore-based LCC Scoot began operating its new four-times-weekly Singapore-Athens route earlier this week, using a new B787-8 Dreamliner it received last month. Meanwhile, the UK-based arm of budget carrier Norwegian announced in April it would begin non-stop flights between London and Singapore starting this September.

Speaking to Business Traveller Asia-Pacific, Cowen said: “It is certainly true that the long-haul LCC pioneers have struggled with profitability, but that was true for the short-haul LCC pioneers also, who took some years to refine the LCC business model.

“There are vast numbers of price-sensitive travellers who enjoy travelling on low-fare, short-haul flights and have the desire to travel further, if only they could find lower fares and the ability to shape their journey to suit themselves with the choices LCCs provide.”

In the past, flights exceeding eight hours have tended to be seen as a “no go” area for low-cost models. Scoot’s new Athens service takes 11 hours 30 minutes, while Norwegian’s upcoming Singapore service is expected to take 12 hours and 45 minutes, according to The Independent.

Back in March, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said the threat from low-cost LCCs is short-term, stating: “It doesn’t work. They will not succeed.”

Meanwhile Malaysia Airlines boss, Peter Mellew, said that low-cost LCCs will always be small-scale, and that any increase in the price of oil will cause them difficulty. “It consumes vast amounts of column inches in the newspaper because if people advertise these low fares it makes a big splash, but the economics don’t make sense,” he said in a recent interview with Business Traveller.

Despite this, Cowen says the demand for and strength of LCCs is growing. “Legacy carriers have always downplayed the threat of LCCs, yet FSC (full-service carrier) market share has nonetheless been reducing in favour of LCC market share growth for decades in almost all geographies. I see long-haul LCC as a boon as through interline connection with regional LCCs, offering a far greater choice of low-fare destinations to travellers.”

And while HK Express itself currently does not operate low-cost routes, Cowen isn’t ruling out the possibility, saying that long-haul low-cost flights is “certainly something HK Express is interested in given the huge demand for low fares in the Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta region” – though for the time being the airline is focused on expanding its short-haul fleet and network over the next 18 months.

HK Express is also a founding member of the U-Fly Alliance, which comprises only LCCs. Chinese carrier Lucky Air, a U-Fly Alliance member, currently operates long-haul flights to Moscow – it began a new service on June 12 this year from Kunming that takes 10 hours and 10 minutes. “I have no doubt that more long-haul LCC routes will follow,” said Cowen.

Not all LCCs are as optimistic as HK Express, however. Earlier this week, Malaysian LCC Air Asia X CEO, Tony Fernandes, said that it the airline had decided not to pursue a return of its Europe services – which it cut in 2012 – and its previously targeted expansion to the US mainland.

In a series of tweets, the Air Asia X boss said, “We have decided that ultra-long haul is not relevant now. Won’t get seduced into price wars over London.

“We will stick to the 8 or 9 hours. Our focus will be to Asia with the odd route to Hawaii, which is actually 8 hours from Japan.

“We let the full-service guys fight it out over Europe. Many of them bleeding so much.”

hkexpress.com

Malaysia Airlines offering miles for Sixt car rentals

Members of Malaysia Airlines’ Enrich frequent-flyer programme can now earn miles car rentals made with Sixt following a new global partnership between the two companies.

The agreement enables members to earn 500 Enrich Miles each time they rent a car with Sixt, with this being quadrupled for bookings made before June 30 this year.

“Both companies focus heavily on customer comfort and satisfaction with quality and consistency throughout,” said Sixt International’s senior executive vice president, Regine Sixt, on the new accord. “Enrich members like to travel in style and with this partnership it means we can offer continuity from the airport onwards thanks to our choice of top-end vehicles.”

Sixt reportedly operates the world’s largest fleet of Mercedes-Benz and BMW vehicles, ranging from sports cars and convertibles to SUVs. In Asia-Pacific, the car-rental company currently operates in Australia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

The agreement follows similar partnerships between Asian airlines’ frequent-flyer programmes and car-rental companies in recent months. In December last year, Cathay Pacific began partnering with Hertz enabling Asia Miles accrual and discounts, while chauffeur company Blacklane – which last year expanded into Asia-Pacific for the first time – also partners with Asia Miles and is currently running a triple-miles offer until June 30.

In related news, St Louis-based car rental company Enterprise recently announced it would be establishing a presence in Vietnam next year with its Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.

Meanwhile yesterday, Emirates announced it had partnered with BMW for a new fleet of chauffeur-driven cars, being rolled out progressively from now until the end of the year to replace its previous fleet.

malaysiaairlines.com; sixt.com

Malaysia Airlines plans fleet upgrade and China expansion

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines is poised to take delivery of a number of widebody aircraft in 2018 and 2019 to cater to increased international sales. The changes have been detailed in the airline’s first quarter 2017 report, in which it confirmed a year-on-year passenger increase of 12.9 per cent.

According to the Malaysian flag carrier, its fleet of A330-300s are in need of replacement and increased capacity by late 2019, and the airline is currently in discussions with Airbus and Boeing. Direct purchases or leases of A330neo and B787-9 Dreamliners are both on the cards.

This comes as Malaysia Airlines is already set to upgrade its fleet with A350s and Boeing’s recently launched B737 Max 8.

At present, a total of six leased new A350s are due to be received, with the first arriving at the end of this year. While Malaysia Airlines had earmarked Auckland and Tokyo for the initial routes, the quarterly report notes they will be deployed on the airline’s flagship service to London Heathrow starting in the second quarter of 2018.

Meanwhile, the airline has a firm order for 25 B737 Max 8 aircraft. The aircraft is “anticipated to be a game changer on costs for Malaysian Airlines” according to the company, and fellow Malaysian carrier Malindo Airlines recently became the first airline to fly the Max 8 commercially. Malaysia Airlines expects delivery of these aircraft to begin from the fourth quarter of 2019.

Along with the 54 Boeing 737-800s and 15 A330-300s in its fleet, Malaysia Airlines’ six A380s are also set for changes. In the third quarter of 2017, the aircraft will be redeployed onto the carrier’s South Korea and Japan routes to meet excess demand during the peak period.

While this is good news for travellers to South Korea and Japan, it does mean fans of the A380 flying Malaysia Airlines’ London, Jeddah and Medina routes will miss out.

As previously reported, Malaysia Airlines plans to eventually shift these six aircraft to a separate company in Q3 2018, initially focused on pilgrimage traffic on the Hajj and Umrah to Saudi Arabia. The new entity is being described as “the world’s first ultra-high capacity value airline”, that will reputedly offer high quality service with low seat costs.

This is a route that has recently seen an upgauge from Saudia Airlines also. Earlier this month, the airline confirmed it would be deploying its B787-9 Dreamliner on its Jeddah, Riyadh and Medina flights to Kuala Lumpur.

However South Korea and Japan are not the only North Asia countries Malaysia Airlines is focusing on. A total of 11 new routes to China are due to be introduced this year alone. Along with its previously announced Wuhan, Fuzhou and Nanjing services set to begin in June or July, the airline will be flying additional services to Chengdu and Chongqing starting this October. Meanwhile, its service between Kota Kinabalu to Tianjin is scheduled to take off in the third quarter of this year, along with “two new additional services from Penang to new Chinese markets”.

These changes follow the introduction of the A330-300 to the airline’s Hong Kong route last October, along with the recent introduction of a second service to Shanghai and a new Haikou service.

According to its quarter one report, Malaysia Airlines is “still on track to be sustainably profitably by 2018”.

malaysiaairlines.com

Malaysia Airlines relaunches Mid-Year Marvels promotion

Malaysia Airlines new business class on the A330

Malaysia Airlines relaunched its Mid-Year Marvels promotion today, offering discounted fares on economy and business class fares on all of its international routes.

Running until May 15, the promotion is valid for travel between May 19 to October 31 this year and includes discounts of up to 30 percent. A sample of prices includes all-inclusive economy class return fares to Sydney from RM1,469 (US$340) and business class fares to London from RM11,399 (US$2,625).

Discounted domestic business class flights are also available, valid for travel between May 11 and July 31. One-way economy class fares on domestic routes, meanwhile, are being offered from RM99 (US$23) all in and include 30kg baggage allowance and meals.

Ahead of the upcoming peak season, Malaysia Airlines is also increasing frequency on nine of its domestic and regional routes, among them three additional A333 flights between Kuala Lumpur and Kuching, and four additional B738 flights between Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.

malaysiaairlines.com

In-flight wifi on Asia-Pacific airlines: what you need to know

Cathay Pacific business class

Air New Zealand

Wifi?
Launching second half of 2017

Pricing
Expected to be announced in first half of 2017

In October last year, Air New Zealand announced it would begin introducing inflight wifi on board its flights starting from the second half of 2017. Flights between New Zealand and Australia are set to be the first to receive the service, with wifi progressively being made available aboard its Tasman, Pacific Island and long-haul jet fleets from the end of 2017. Domestic flights will the last to get the service, with introduction set for 2018.

Traditionally low satellite service quality across oceanic areas (over which many of Air New Zealand’s flights travel) has meant the airline has held back on introducing an inflight wifi offering until a service of suitably high quality became available. The airline’s wifi will be provided by Inmarsat’s global GX satellite constellation, and integrated with the Air New Zealand’s Panasonic Avionics system.

airnewzealand.com

ANA

Wifi?
Yes

Class
Available to all classes

Aircraft
B777-300ER, B767-300ER (only those configured with 202 seats), B787-9, B787-8 (only those configured with 240 seats), A320neo

Pricing
B777-300ER and B767-300ER:

US$4.95 – 30 minutes, 15MB limit
US$8.95 – one hour, 30MB limit
US$19.95 – full flight, 100MB limit

B787-9, B787-8 and A320neo:

US$6.95 – 30 minutes
US$16.95 – three hours
US$21.95 – full flight (max 24 hours)

All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) inflight wifi offering gives access to functions such as web browsing and email functions. Video streaming is not supported, and image loading is likely to burn through your data quite quickly.

For travellers flying on ANA’s B777-300ER and B767-300ER, the service is only available when flying over transoceanic airspace and countries that permit the use of satellite activity, while B787 and A320 inflight connectivity is available in all airspaces.

ana.co.jp

Cathay Pacific

Wifi?
Yes

Aircraft
A350

Class
Available to all classes

Pricing
US$9.95 – one hour continuous use on all flights
US$12.95 – flights of six hours or less
US$19.95 – flights of six hours or more

Cathay Pacific currently offers wifi only on its fleet of A350s, the first of which it deployed to Auckland in October 2016. A few services are available complimentary – including the airline’s own website, its duty free catalogue, and destination information – though for functions such as general web browsing and email, a fee is required.

cathaypacific.com

China Airlines

Wifi?
Yes

Classes
Available to all classes

Aircraft
B777-300ER, A350

Pricing
TW$350 (US$11.6) – one hour
TW$500 (US$16.5) – three hours
TW$650 (US$21.5) – 24 hours

Inflight wifi on China Airlines has no data limit and while the overall speed may make certain functions difficult, this does provide reassurance for those that tend to quickly eat through data that they won’t be prematurely cut off from the service.

Purchasing wifi can be done on the flight or ahead of time via the airline’s website.

china-airlines.com

Eva Air

Wifi?
Yes

Classes
Available to all classes

Aircraft
B777-300ER (select aircraft)

Pricing
US$11.95 – one hour
US$16.95 – three hours
US$21.95 – 24 hours

It is worth noting that Taiwan-based Eva Air’s service provider is currently applying for an operating permit with the Chinese Government, however until then internet connectivity gets temporarily disconnected when flying over mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau with the carrier.

On the plus side, however, for longer journeys across multiple segments, travellers can re-connect to Eva Air’s wifi network using the same account information, provided the ensuing leg is also operated by an Eva Wifi-enabled aircraft.

evaair.com

Garuda Indonesia

Wifi?
Yes

Class
Available to all classes (complimentary for first class passengers)

Aircraft
B777-300ER, A330-300, A330-200

Pricing
US$11.95 – one hour, 30MB limit
US$16.95 – three hours, 50MB limit
US$21.95 – 24 hours (whole flight on A330-300 and A330-200), 100MB limit

Garuda Indonesia’s wifi offering is provided on a time-based system with varying caps depending on the duration. In addition to the service being complimentary to all first class passengers, those in other classes travelling on Garuda’s wifi-equipped Airbus aircraft are able to get 15 minutes’ free wifi connectivity.

While the service is suitable for social media as well as general web browsing, regular image loading will likely drain your data quite quickly.

garuda-indonesia.com

Japan Airlines

Wifi?
Yes

Aircraft
B777-300ER, B777-200ER, B767-300ER, B787

Class
Available to all classes (complimentary for first class passengers)

Pricing
US$10.15 – one hour
US$14.40 – three hours
US$18.80 – 24 hours

Japan Airlines offers inflight wifi based on overall duration used, with its 24-hour offering also including connecting flights for 24 hours from the initial log in. Data caps are also not present regardless of payment category.

A full list of the routes on which Japan Airlines offers wifi can be found here, with many only being available until and from certain dates. The airline’s fleet of B787s is also not fully equipped with wifi, so connectivity is not guaranteed, though travellers on these aircraft can check whether inflight wifi will be available on their flight the day before they travel.

jal.co.jp

Korean Air

Wifi?
No

Korea’s national carrier currently doesn’t offer inflight wifi across any of its aircraft, and has not issued plans to do so in the forseeable future.

In an interview with the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), Korean Air’s senior innovation technology manager, Dante Dionne, shed some light on why this is the case: “In Korea, the wireless infrastructure is so advanced (significantly faster than the US average) that in-flight internet services based on existing commercial satellite technology would be disappointing to them. That is a primary reason why Korean Air has not implemented in-flight internet.”

koreanair.com

Malaysia Airlines

Wifi?
No

Malaysia Airlines also doesn’t offer inflight wifi on its flights at present. That said, the airline plans to introduce the service onboard its new A350s, the first of which it is expecting to take delivery of this year. Auckland is currently scheduled to be the first long-haul route served by its new A350. Details of the inflight wifi service have yet to be announced.

malaysiaairlines.com

Philippine Airlines

Wifi?
Yes

Class
Available to all classes

Aircraft
Select aircraft on international flights

Pricing
US$10 – 35MB/one hour
US$40 – 150MB/flight duration

Up until February 28, 2017, Philippine Airlines offered the first 30 minutes of inflight wifi (limited to 15MB) free of charge to all passengers. The hourly rate and data offered is also reasonably priced, compared to other airlines in Asia-Pacific.

The full-flight bracket, however, is particularly expensive. While it does offer 150MB of data (caps for full-flight/24-hour purchases typically stand at 100MB), the US$40 price is noticeably more expensive than most other carriers in the region.

Purchases can be made either by credit card or by purchasing a scratch card from cabin crew.

philippineairlines.com

Qantas

Wifi?
Domestic trials began April 7, 2017

Class
Available to all classes on domestic flights

Aircraft
One wifi-enabled B737-800 aircraft; to be rolled out to 80 aircraft by end of 2018

Pricing
Free

Qantas launched a beta mode of its new Viasat and Nbn’s Sky Muster-enabled inflight wifi service earlier this month. Outfitted on a single B737-800 aircraft that will be flying domestic routes during the trial phase, the high-speed wifi is being offered free of charge for travellers on board the aircraft (due to likely last-minute changes, the specific routes the aircraft will be flying are subject to change, and passengers won’t be able to select a flight on board the wifi-enabled aircraft at this time).

Perhaps the most notable two features of Qantas’ new wifi offering are its speed and its price. Qantas claims that the new offering will be ten times faster than conventional onboard wifi, enabling functions such as video and music streaming (services such as Netflix, Spotify, Stan and Foxtel will be available through partnerships). The other is that the airline aims to keep the service included as part of the ticket fare.

Qantas expects to roll out wifi across 80 of its aircraft, for completion by the end of 2018. The airline is also currently in discussions with suppliers to develop a product for its international fleet.

qantas.com.au

Singapore Airlines

Wifi?
Yes

Aircraft
A380, A350, B777-300ER (progressively)

Class
Available to all classes

Pricing
Volume-based (all A380 and select B777-300ER)

US$6.99 – 15MB
US$12.99 – 30MB
US$19.99 – 50MB

Time-based (All A350 and select B777-300ER)

US$11.95 – one hour
US$16.95 – three hours
US$21.95 – 24 hours

Singapore Airlines has a somewhat confusing pricing structure regarding its inflight wifi, owing largely to its partnership with two different providers, Onair and Panasonic. As such, price plans come in two variations, depending on provider and the type of aircraft – volume based or time based.

Prices tend to be more expensive than the majority of other Asia-Pacific airlines – most notably its highest-volume 50MB bracket offering about half as much data as that offered by most other airlines’ top bracket (100MB), but still costing a similar price.

What’s also worth noting here is that volume-based plans are only valid for the leg on which they are purchased. An onward journey, even if it is on the next sector of the same flight, requires another purchase. Time-based purchases, however, can be transferred across multi-sector flights.

singaporeair.com

Thai Airways

Wifi?
Yes

Class
Available to all classes

Aircraft
A350-900XWD, A380-800, A330-300

Pricing
US$4.99 – 10MB
US$8.99 – 20MB
US$12.99 – 30MB
US$34.99 – 100MB

Thai Airways offers inflight wifi on a number of its aircraft, with its A350s powered by Panasonic and its A380 and A330s provided by Sitaonair. The airline’s six wifi-enabled A380s currently operate flights to Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo Narita, London and Hong Kong.

Meanwhile its seven wifi-enabled A330s fly to Tokyo Narita, Taipei-Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Yangon, Beijing, Hanoi, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, Tokyo Haneda, Kuala Lumpur and Fukuoka.

The airline’s data-based rather than duration-focused pricing structure may confuse some flyers less familiar with average data-consumption rates. As a rough guide, 10MB will likely get you through roughly 30 minutes of general web browsing and email. Similarly to Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways’ prices are also quite expensive compared to many other Asia-Pacific airlines, with its US$34.99 for 100MB top-tier price being noticeably pricier than most other carriers’ highest wifi brackets.

thaiairways.com

Virgin Australia

Wifi?
Domestic trials began April 20, 2017

Class
Available to all classes

Aircraft
One wifi-enabled B737-800; to be rolled out across B737-800s, A330s and B777s

Pricing
To be confirmed after trial period completes

Less than two weeks after rival Australian carrier Qantas began trialling a new domestic inflight wifi offering, Virgin Australia launched its own domestic three-month testing period using the same aircraft, a B737-800. During the testing period, passengers will be able to use the wifi free of charge, though the final pricing of the service has yet to be announced and will be determined following customer feedback during the trial.

As with Qantas’ wifi offering, Virgin Australia’s will support video and music streaming, notably through Netflix, Pandora and Stan. Unlike Qantas’, however, Virgin Australia’s wifi is expected to be rolled out across its fleet of B737-800s, A330s and B777s for both domestic and international flights.

virginaustralia.com

Malaysia Airlines offers 25 per cent discounts

Malaysia Airlines

Following its announcement last week of three new routes to China set to launch in June, Malaysian Airlines has unveiled a new series of discounts on flights to China taking place between February 22 and August 20. The Malaysia Airlines offers include the three new destinations – Nanjing, Wuhan and Fuzhou that will launch on June 13, 20 and 26 respectively – along with flights to Haikou in Hainan, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Discounts of up to 25 per cent are available until February 28, 2017. All-in round-trip prices start at RM559 (US$125) for flights from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong, with fares for other flights sitting around the RM1,000-1,300 (US$224-292) range.

A 30-kilogramme baggage allowance, in-flight meals and entertainment are also included. Eligible flights comprise those from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong – on which Malaysia Airlines began deploying its Airbus A330-300 since November last year – as well as to Haikou, Fuzhou, Wuhan and Nanjing. Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Shanghai are also part of the promotion.

malaysiaairlines.com

Malaysia Airlines launching three new China routes

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia’s flag carrier Malaysian Airlines is set to begin flying to three new destinations in China starting June.

According to industry website airlineroute.net, the carrier opened reservations for the new routes last week and Business Traveller Asia-Pacific has confirmed the routes are currently being offered for booking.

The three routes from Kuala Lumpur to Nanjing, Wuhan and Fuzhou will each operate three times weekly and will be flown by a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Malaysia Airlines configures its B737-800s in a two-class layout, with business class seats in a 2-2 configuration and economy class in a 3-3 set up.

Details of the flights are as follows (all times local):

Kuala Lumpur (KUL)-Nanjing (NKG):

Flight No.FromToDepartsArrivesDays
MH532KULNKG17052230Tue, Thu, Sun
MH533NKGKUL23350520+1

Kuala Lumpur-Wuhan (WUH):

Flight No.FromToDepartsArrivesDays
MH515KULWUH18350005+1Tue, Thu, Sat
MH516WUHKUL01050635

Kuala Lumpur-Fuzhou (FOC):

Flight No.FromToDepartsArrivesDays
MH358KULFOC10051445Mon, Wed, Fri
MH359FOCKUL15452040

The new routes closely follow the recent loyalty partnership between Malaysia Airlines and Regal Hotels International, announced earlier this month. Members of the airline’s Enrich frequent flyer programme can earn 600 miles for eligible stays at Regal Hotels properties and 300 miles at Iclub hotels in Hong Kong and mainland China.

malaysiaairlines.com

Regal Hotels and Malaysia Airlines enter loyalty partnership

Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong

Members of Malaysia Airlines’ Enrich frequent flyer programme can now earn miles when staying at participating Regal Hotels International properties, following the launch of a strategic partnership between the two companies.

Starting today, Enrich members can earn 600 miles for each eligible stay at a participating Regal Hotels property and 300 miles when staying at participating iclub hotels. Eligible properties in the Regal and iclub portfolio include hotels in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dezhou, Foshan and Xi’an.

Speaking about the partnership, Malaysia Airlines’ head of Enrich and loyalty, Khairul Nisa Ismal, said: “The partnership is timely as Malaysia Airlines has already mounted the second daily flight between Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai. For members who are planning to visit Hong Kong and stay in Regal properties there, they can look forward to flying the Airbus A330, which offers the comfort of a fully flat business class seat.”

Malaysia Airlines joins an existing 20 airlines that Regal currently partners with. These include: Air China, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, ANA, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Etihad, Eva Air, Hong Kong Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

regalhotel.com; malaysiaairlines.com

Malaysia Airlines offering 40 per cent off flight redemptions

Business class dining on Malaysia Airlines A380

Malaysia Airlines’ loyalty programme, Enrich, is offering members a discount of 40 per cent off miles for flight redemptions with up to 22 destinations in ASEAN, North Asia and China.

The airline claims the campaign is designed to help its loyalty members better plan their 2017 travel to capitalise on upcoming long weekends and festivals. That said, the campaign runs until midnight (GMT +8) on December 13, 2016 but is valid only for travel until 31 March, 2017.

Members with insufficient miles will also be able to make use of the promotion by using the programme’s Cash+Miles payment option.

“Now is a great time to start planning your holidays and we are delighted to offer this fantastic opportunity to experience the Malaysia Airlines hospitality, especially for members who had taken the bank point bonus conversion in November,” said the company’s head of Enrich and loyalty, Kairul Nisa Ismail.

“We offer redemptions from as low as 6,300 miles for economy class and 26,000 miles for business class to selected destinations. Added to this, we want members to take advantage of some great offers from Enrich partners to make their travel even more rewarding via transfer arrangements with Conxxe and many tours and activities to choose from EnrichExplore.”

malaysiaairlines.com

Malaysia Airlines begins Year End Super Sale

Malaysia Airlines new business class on the A330

Malaysia Airlines has begun its Year End Super Sale (YESS) promotion, offering discounts of up to 30 per cent on economy and business class fares. The promotion includes flights to all Malaysia Airlines destinations and runs until November 26, 2016, for flights between November 23, 2016 and May 24, 2017.

The carrier is offering business class fares to domestic destinations from as low as RM239 (US$54.8) and ASEAN capitals and more from RM1,009 (US$231.2). Select destinations are also accessible via connections through Kota Kinabalu, Kuching or Miri.

Meanwhile, all-inclusive one-way fares on economy to international destinations including India, Sri Lanka, China, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and the UK are available from RM599 (US$137.2) to RM2,199 (US$504). All-inclusive return fares for ASEAN destinations are also available, starting from RM209 (US$47.8).

malaysiaairlines.com