Kuala Lumpur (MALAYSIAN AIRLINES) - Malaysia Airlines will cease its twice-weekly Kota Kinabalu-Shanghai-Kota Kinabalu Boeing 737-400 service and twice-weekly Twin-Otter service between Tawau and Tarakan, Indonesia effective 1 August 2006.
It will also withdraw its twice-weekly Airbus A330-300 direct service between Kuala Lumpur and Chengdu effective 29 October 2006.
Malaysia Airlines will honour all forward bookings ticketed to-date for travel beyond the service withdrawal dates. It will make alternative arrangements at its own cost for travellers who still wish to continue their travel plans as originally booked. Where customers opt for refunds, Malaysia Airlines will waive all refund administrative charges and reimburse the full costs of their tickets.
Commenting on the on-going rationalization, Malaysia Airlines' Managing Director/CEO Mr Idris Jala said, "Through this network rightsizing, in line with our Business Turnaround Plan, we will improve our connectivity and frequency through KL International Airport (KLIA). Currently, we operate only 2 daily waves of flight arrivals and departures through KLIA but after 1 August this year we will shift to 4 waves per day".
"In addition, we will continue to harness on existing and future code share arrangements with partner airlines to ensure minimal impact on Malaysia's position as a top tourist destination. Through such partnerships, Malaysia Airlines will continue to promote connectivity between Malaysia and key international destinations as well as contribute towards the overall efforts by the various authorities to increase tourist arrivals to Malaysia," he added.
Malaysia Airlines unveiled its Business Turnaround Plan on 27 February 2006, aimed at achieving sustained profitability by going beyond expectations in five thrusts - Flying to win customers, Mastering operational excellence, Financing and aligning the business on profit & loss, Unleashing talents and capabilities and Winning coalitions.
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