British Airways has confirmed that it will resume direct flights to Kuala Lumpur next year.
Commencing on 27 May 2015, the UK national carrier will fly the London-KL route daily using a four-class Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.
“It’s wonderful to be back in Malaysia. We are starting the new flights in response to strong customer demand for direct flights to Kuala Lumpur,” said Jamie Cassidy, BA’s area general manager for Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa. “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 study, shop and experience its rich heritage.”
BA will join Malaysia Airlines on the London-KL route. The Malaysian national carrier currently operates its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft to the UK capital, but BA will become the only airline to offer premium economy seating on the route. The B777 BA will is deploying to KL will feature 12 seats in first class, 48 in business class, 32 in premium economy and 127 in economy.
Flight BA034 will depart Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 2305 and arrive in London Heathrow Terminal 5 at 0525 the next morning. The return flight BA033 will the leave Heathrow at 2015, arriving back into KLIA at 1600 the next day.
“I greatly welcome the return of British Airways to Malaysia,” said Badlisham Ghazali, managing director of Malaysia Airports. “I believe that this new route of British Airways will bring about positive impact of great proportions to both countries from the economical, political, social and cultural standpoints.
“To British Airways, I wish them best in their preparations to reconnect the two great cities of London and Kuala Lumpur and am confident that KLIA will add value and enhance British Airways huge global network,” he added.
BA, then operating as Imperial Airways, began flying to Malaysia back in 1933. Another BA predecessor, BOAC, then launched KL services in 1956. But the airline suspended services to Malaysia in 2001 due to the slowdown in air traffic following 9/11.
Tickets for the new services went on sale on 18 September 2014.