British Airways is to open a third direct route to Australia via Kuala Lumpur and increase services to Tokyo with the start of its winter schedule on October 25.
Kuala Lumpur will join Singapore and Bangkok in offering one-stop British Airways Boeing 747-400 flights between the UK and Australia.
The new service has been made possible through British Airways’ alliance with Qantas. British Airways Boeing 747s will replace Qantas 767s on flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney.
Subject to government approval, British Airways will operate a 14th weekly flight from London to Tokyo leaving on Wednesdays and returning on Thursdays.
John Wood, Director Asia Pacific, said: “Customers now have a third option for direct travel to Australia, with a three-class service all the way, including the First class sleeper seat. For UK travellers, the Far East and Australia currently represent
outstanding value for money.
“We are offering more capacity to Australia as the Kuala Lumpur/Sydney sector will be operated by a Boeing 747-400 with 401 seats instead of a 220-seat, two-class Boeing 767.
“Working with Qantas we are able to offer passengers an improved service. We are also building a new joint lounge for our business passengers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It will be one of the largest at KLIA, with buffet and cocktail area, television zones, shower rooms and business facilities such as laptop computers and fax machines.”
Mr Wood said that in the current economic climate, Jakarta could not support the five weekly services the airline had planned this winter and would reduce flights to two a week until market conditions improve.
This winter, flights to Jakarta will leave London on Tuesdays and Saturdays returning on Wednesdays and Sundays. On days with no direct flights, British Airways will offer connections via Singapore.