Why doesn't Qantas fly to Kuala Lumpur

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timothyshears

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I have always wondered why Qantas does not fly to Kuala Lumpur. There is high demand for this destination, and such aircraft as an A330-200 or A330-300 would be perfect.

whoppersandwich

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They probably would if they had more A330s. Though the way things are going I wouldn’t be surprised if another codeshare is announced shortly!

hutch

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I have always wondered why Qantas does not fly to Kuala Lumpur. There is high demand for this destination, and such aircraft as an A330-200 or A330-300 would be perfect.

Is there high demand for KL and from whom? KL is home to two large low cost carriers that Qantas likely has little interest in stealing their clientele.

Then there is Malaysian Airlines. For non KL destinations, the likelihood is that QF already offers many of those destinations through partnerships via SIN or HKG. Adding another option through KL (ironically by feeding MH) would be nice, but may not add enough to warrant shifting an A330 from another market. But then there is KL o&d traffic - certainly KL appears to have some level of corporate market relevant to Australia (whether that is enough, I'm not sure), but given Malaysian flies to the Capital cities, QF would struggle to offer a good enough proposition at sufficient premium, outside the direct market it was serving (ie. if they flew SYD - KL, they would likely need to offer other markets like MEL decent prices to go to KL via SYD rather than hop on a direct MH flight). But as whoppersandwich indicated, a codeshare may be best suited to fix this. What is unknown is the level of cargo on offer in KL.
In my opinion, if QF had a spare A330, I'd would think that Seoul may be the better choice over KL. Others may disagree.

John Phelan

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This question has been put to QF before, and the answer was that it had been investigated, but the yield from KUL was lower than from other destinations, and therefore its aircraft were better used on other destinations. It always comes down to the best financial returns and the limited number of aircraft.

sydboy007

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Jetstar used to fly to KL and the loads were too low to make it economic.

Becky1

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I agree with the opinions expressed so far, and whilst I understand some people prefer non-stop services, could future 789's (with greater emphasis on Economy & Premium Economy seating) be used to serve an Asian destination such as KUL en route to a smaller European market such as FCO or ATH. MEL has a reasonable sized Italian and Greek community that could make such a service work.

aussie-flyer

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This route would be better suited to Jetstar with the a321neo LR’s. Not enough premium traffic for qantas

Red Cee

Member since 15 Feb 2018

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Qantas used to fly to KUL, but since then, times have changed MAS has good services to Australia, and the advent of LOw Cost Carriers has changed the dynamics of the KUL market. If they had additional aircraft, there may be a case for services to other Asian destinations, or even a direct ADL ti SIN.

MRYJDrake

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I have always wondered why Qantas does not fly to Kuala Lumpur. There is high demand for this destination, and such aircraft as an A330-200 or A330-300 would be perfect.

Is there high demand for KL and from whom? KL is home to two large low cost carriers that Qantas likely has little interest in stealing their clientele.
Then there is Malaysian Airlines. For non KL destinations, the likelihood is that QF already offers many of those destinations through partnerships via SIN or HKG. Adding another option through KL (ironically by feeding MH) would be nice, but may not add enough to warrant shifting an A330 from another market. But then there is KL o&d traffic - certainly KL appears to have some level of corporate market relevant to Australia (whether that is enough, I'm not sure), but given Malaysian flies to the Capital cities, QF would struggle to offer a good enough proposition at sufficient premium, outside the direct market it was serving (ie. if they flew SYD - KL, they would likely need to offer other markets like MEL decent prices to go to KL via SYD rather than hop on a direct MH flight). But as whoppersandwich indicated, a codeshare may be best suited to fix this. What is unknown is the level of cargo on offer in KL.
In my opinion, if QF had a spare A330, I'd would think that Seoul may be the better choice over KL. Others may disagree.

Great point about the LCCs out of KL...


I wonder if JQ would consider servicing it with their 787 and "Business" service

DanV

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Most likely due to lack of demand that would at least match yields on the KL route. As mentioned by others, the fact that Jetstar tried SYD-KUL and had to pull out due says that the demand is probably low on top of the route being mostly low yielding VFR (Visiting Family Relatives).

moa999

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Comparative low yield and lack of business traffic versus SIN and HKG.


Also while Jetstar is low cost, I suspect AirAsia X and Malindo have even lower cost bases, and far greater connectivity options.

watson374

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Because, as the honourable members before me have explained, it won't make them money. QED.

Last editedby watson374 at Oct 15, 2018, 02:02 PM.

billposters

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I do Australia to KL via Singapore on Qantas 4-5 times a year and I've come to accept that a direct QF to KUL will never happen. But I do wish that Qantas would run a 5th freedom tag up to KL from Singapore. Between having to schlep it on 3K or get 0 (or nearly 0) points on MH there's isn't really a choice that one could call ideal. One can dream...

djtech

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I suspect if QF had a 737, a320 or similar sized aircraft that can fly there, they would. Otherwise, its just too small of a market for them. Partner malaysian already flies direct so unless demand is greatly increased, working out a codeshare with MH is probably the best decision.

dm12

Member since 08 Feb 2018

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Maybe also as MAS (or other potential codeshare partners) doesn't fly to many other destinations QF cant do through SIN, BKK, or HKG, there isn't a heap of additional demand over KUL to justify a service. And KUL in itself doesnt generate enough demand for them.

Maybe if MAS still flew to a heap of euro destinations it could be worthwhile, but QF does them over Dubai or on various partners over SIN etc.

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