Malaysian Airways Limited (MAL) was founded on October 12, 1937 following the proposal to open an air route between Penang and Singapore. This proposal was made by the Imperial Airways and Straits Steamship of Singapore. As a national airline, MAL started its first commercial flight on April 2, 1947. It took Malaysia Airlines only ten years from 1937 to 1947 to be the national airline. The airline was re-christened as Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA), Malaysian Airline Limited, and Malaysian Airline System over the time, before settling down upon its current moniker of Malaysia Airlines. In the year 1972, Malaysia Airline System started its operation and was later re-named Malaysia Airlines, which continues to serve the country as its flag carrier. Recently, in 2012 the airline took a leap forward by adding the first Airbus A380-800. It also set a record in the same year by launching a schedule service between London Heathrow Airport and KL International Airport. Malaysia Airlines flights are known for their prompt services, low air fares, convenient online booking system. Though the air tickets are cheap, the airline never compromises with its service standards. The carrier has a good record of providing world-class service and has over 100 awards to its credit. The prominent awards received by Malaysia Airlines include 5-star Airline, Staff Service Excellence for Asia Award, World’s Leading Airline to Asia and Asia’s Leading Airline among others. - Less... + More
Destination & Services
Based in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia Airlines covers a large number of destinations in the world. As a member of oneworld alliance, the airline benefits from the comprehensive network of alliance that covers around 850 cities in 150 countries. The airline offers low air fare and comprehensive schedule of flights to its passengers. Malaysia Airlines serves a number of top cities in India including Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Delhi. It also operates flight to top locations in Asia, such as Beijing, Kunming, Bangkok, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City. The airline also offers air tickets for several cities in Australia like Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. There are flights to Dhaka in Bangladesh, Kathmandu in Nepal and Auckland in New Zealand as well. Passengers can also fly to leading European destinations including Paris, London, Brussels, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, to name a few. The Middle-east region is also served by the Malaysia Airlines with flights operating to Istanbul, Cairo and Amman. It is quite convenient for passengers to book Malaysia Airlines flights from anywhere in the world using its online booking service. - Less... + More
Malaysia Airlines has a fleet of 84 aircraft that include 77 passenger aircraft and 7 cargo planes. The fleet of Malaysia Airlines consists of Airbus A330-200 (3), Airbus A330-300 (11), Boeing 737-400 (37), Boeing 737-800 (3), Boeing 747-400 (13) and Boeing 777-200 ER (17).
Malaysia Airways baggage policy has laid down different baggage rules for different classes of travel. While 20 kgs of baggage with total linear dimensions of 115 cms can be checked-in by an economy-class passenger, the business-class and the first-class passengers can check-in 30 kgs and 40 kgs of baggage respectively. As per Malaysia Airlines cabin baggage restrictions, 1 cabin baggage is allowed for economy-class passengers and 2 for business and first class passengers. Luggage restrictions have limited the weight of each cabin baggage to 5 kgs.
Awards & Recognition
A leading name in the aviation industry, Malaysia has won several awards for excellent service and safety (more than 100 in last 10 years). Malaysia Airlines is one of the world's only six airlines to get a five star rating from Skytrax. The airline has also been listed among Quality Approved Airlines of Skytrax.
Malaysia Airlines History
Founded in 1947 as Malayan Airways, Malaysia Airlines has been transformed to Malaysian Airways after independence of Malaysia. Further, the airline was renamed to Malaysia-Singapore Airlines. With the division of Malaysia - Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines came into existence. In the year 1987 the airline begun its operation and the name was changed from Malaysian Airline System to Malaysia Airlines.