Malaysia Airlines will launch flights between Darwin and Kuala Lumpur on November 1st, marking a return to the NT capital over a decade since MAS pulled out of the top end in 2002.
The five-times weekly service will run on a Boeing 737-800 jet with business class and economy cabins, although these are more in line with what you’ll get on a domestic Qantas or Virgin Australia flight than full international-grade seating.
Flight MH252 will depart Darwin at 6am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, reaching Kuala Lumpur at 9.20am that morning – so unless you have an onwards flight, be sure to request an early checkin at your KL hotel.
The return MH253 service leaves Kuala Lumpur at 10.35pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, to arrive at Darwin at 5.10am the next day.
“The Northern Territory now has greater international access than ever before,” said NT Airports CEO Ian Kew in welcoming MAS back to his boarding gates.
“Our current services connect travellers to Bali, Singapore, Manila and Dili, and we now welcome Malaysia Airlines and its major hub of Kuala Lumpur into our network.
2013 is shaping up to be a good year for Darwin with the launch of Philippine Airlines services in June and the resumption of flights by AirAsia Indonesia at the beginning of this month.
Darwin Airport’s $60m expansion project will see the terminal double its current size by mid-2014, along with increased handling capacity for international passengers.
Following MAS joining the oneworld airline alliance in February this year travellers on Malaysia Airlines can now earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points and use their QFF status to gain access to MAS’ First and Business lounges at KLIA.
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