British Airways will resume daily London – Kuala Lumpur direct flight beginning May 27, 2015 according to Malaysia Airport Berhad in a statement, yesterday.
The airline first flying to Kuala Lumpur on Dec. 9 1933 and decided to terminate the service in 2001 saying it was economically not viable due to poor load factor.
British Airways’ area general manager for the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, Jamie Cassidy, said the airline was starting the new flights in response to strong customer demand for direct flights to Kuala Lumpur.
“As Malaysia’s economy grows, it is becoming an even more important trading partner with the UK, and Britain has long been a favourite destination for Malaysians to shop, to experience historical sites and culture and to study,” he added.
The daily flight will operate with a four-cabin 219-seat B777-200ER aircraft from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s managing director, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, welcomed the return of British Airways to Malaysia.
“This announcement underlines the strength and vibrancy of the air travel market between the United Kingdom and Malaysia, and I believe that this new route of British Airways will bring about positive impact of great proportions to both countries from the economics, political, social and cultural standpoints,” he said.