KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Malaysia Airlines is set to commence A330-300 services on its Sydney-Kuala Lumpur route from March 7, 2013.

The 283-seater A330-300 services from Sydney replaces the current evening B777-200 departures and will be double daily from April 1, 2013.

The introduction of these new aircraft will facilitate and reinforce Malaysia Airlines’ position in the Australasian market giving customers the opportunity to experience the latest state of the art product coupled with our award winning hospitality, according to Malaysia Airlines’ Regional Senior Vice President, Australia/New Zealand/South-West Pacific, Yap Kiang Thiam.

“These changes are part of Malaysia Airlines’ vision of fleet revitalisation, to strengthen its competitive edge across the aviation industry by further enhancing its products and services,” he said.

“In addition our recent partnership with oneworld is indeed timely to share the A330 joy with our customers.

“This alliance has not only expanded Malaysia Airlines’ global coverage to more than 840 destinations in 155 countries, rather it has enabled our passengers to enjoy more rewards through member airline frequent flyer programs and access to more airport lounges.”

The A330-300 aircraft features the latest innovation in terms of passenger comfort, with the new interior to include mood lighting in all cabins and spacious overhead baggage compartments. Business Class offers 36 Recaro seats with a spacious 60-inch seat pitch which transforms into a lie-flat seat at a 12 degree sleeping angle, while in Economy passengers can enjoy weber-designed seating with a comfortable 32-inch seat pitch – one of the roomiest Economy Class seats in the industry.

Business Class customers flying to and from Sydney will also enjoy the premium ‘Chef-on-Call’ service, which features various meal options ranging from Malaysian favourites, international cuisines, chef’s recommendations and also light and healthy choices.

In related breaking news, Malaysia Airlines has announced that it will be increasing its direct services between Brisbane and Kuala Lumpur from five services a week to daily frequencies.

Effective 20 June 2013, flight MH134 will depart daily from Brisbane at 11.20pm arriving in Kuala Lumpur at 5.50am the following day, while the return flight, MH135 leaves Kuala Lumpur daily at 9.40am to arrive Brisbane at 7.45pm the same day.

The daily flights will be operated by the A330-300 aircraft with 245 economy and 35 business class seats, providing a total weekly capacity of 1960 seats in each direction.

“The service has been well received and the increased frequency between Brisbane and Kuala Lumpur is in line with Malaysia Airlines’ continued efforts to further strengthen its position and competitive edge across the Australasian market,” Thiam said.

Malaysia Airlines currently operates 51 weekly flights from Australian cities to Malaysia, comprising Sydney (14 flights), Melbourne (14 flights), Brisbane (5 flights), Adelaide (7 flights), and Perth (11 flights).

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