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NEWS UPDATES 9 August 2010

Kota Kinabalu chosen eastern hub of Malaysia Airlines

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Malaysia Airlines (MAS)has announced that it has chosen Kota Kinabalu to be its eastern hub, as the airline sets its sights on China, Taiwan, North Asia, Indonesia and Australia markets.

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Tengku Datuk Azmil Zahruddin said the hub will be developed over three stages from November 15 to June 3 2011, where new destinations and frequencies will be added to complement the currently served foreign cities from Kota Kinabalu.

To facilitate the setting up of the hub, all 150 flight technicians and 250cabin crew and six planes - two B737-800s and four B734s - will be based here no later than June next year.

The first new destination introduced will be three non-stop weekly services to Haneda (Tokyo) effective Nov. 15, 2010, followed by twice weekly services to Osaka effective Jan. 15, 2011.

The Seoul route meanwhile, will be increased in January to four flights a week from twice a week currently.

"By June 2011, Kota Kinabalu will have daily flights to Taipei and Hong Kong, four weekly flights to Kaohsiung (Taiwan) and Seoul, and three weekly services to Haneda and twice weekly to Osaka.

"Other new international destinations to cities in China, Indonesia and Australia are in the planning and will be announced in future," he said. At the same time, Kuching will have more access to these international destinations when flights to Kota Kinabalu is increased to 25 flights a week,from the current 14 flights weekly.

"Malaysia Airlines will also be synchronising the flights schedules from Kota Kinabalu with MASwings and vice versa, to offer better connectivity," he added.

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