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Malaysia Airline to double India-bound flights by 2012

india Updated: Jul 25, 2010 11:24 IST

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Malaysia Airlines plans to double the number of flights to India to 60 per day from 30 at present by 2012 and is eyeing over 20 per cent growth in the Indian aviation market, a senior official of the airline said.

"We have ordered several aircrafts, including A-380 of Airbus and will keep on adding them in our fleet till 2015. Some of these aircrafts will be used to expand our presence in India and by 2012, we are looking at doubling the frequency of our flights," Malaysia Airlines Regional Manager (South Asia Operations) Azahar Hamid said.

He added that one more flight is being added on Hyderabad -Kuala Lumpur route from Sunday and 5 more flights will be operational by September between Delhi and Kuala Lumpur.

However, passengers willing to travel to Malaysia on A-380, world's largest aircraft, will have to wait for some more time as the company plans to use them on long routes like London and Sydney.

Delivery of six Airbus A-380s, ordered by the Airline, has been facing some delays and now the Airline is expecting them by 2012.

Hamid said that apart from A-380, the Airline has placed orders for 25 new Airbus A-330s and 55 aircrafts of Boeing's 738-800 series, which will make its fleet the youngest in the Asia by 2015.

He added that Malaysia Airline is eyeing to grow at over 20 per cent in the next couple of years in Indian and Chinese aviation markets as the "bad phase of aviation industry seems to be over."

The airline has also taken the price war with rival AirAsia up by a notch by announcing all-inclusive fares as low as Rs 6,212 for one-way trip to Kuala Lumpur from Chennai under its special monsoon offer.

The maximum return fare under the offer would be Rs 15,428, he said. These competitive fares offered by the airline are from its five gateways in India, namely New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

"With these fares, consumers can avail the full range of service such as on board refreshments, flight entertainment, 25-kg baggage allowance, allocated seats and more," Hamid said.

Tickets under the offer can be booked up to July 29 and travel can be undertaken between July 26 and December 26, 2010, he said, adding that all fares include airport taxes, fuel surcharges and administrative fees.

About aircraft maintenance, a repair and overhaul (MRO) facility is being created at the Hyderabad International Airport with GMR, Hamid said that the construction of the hangar is expected to be completed by the year-end.