Malaysia Airlines boosts Sydney, Melbourne, Perth flights

As Malaysia reopens without quarantine, so its flag-carrier is ramping up flights to Australia.

By David Flynn, March 24 2022
Malaysia Airlines boosts Sydney, Melbourne, Perth flights

Malaysia Airlines will boost its flights to Australia from April 1, the name day that Malaysia fully reopens its international borders to allow quarantine-free entry for vaccinated travellers.

Sydney-Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne-Kuala Lumpur will both move to a daily service with an Airbus A330 featuring spacious flatbed business class seats – some of which are ‘throne’ seats ideally suited to solo flyers, as detailed in our review.

Adelaide and Brisbane are for now pegged to one A330 flight per week, while Perth ramps up from twice-weekly to five flights across the week from April 1 – albeit on a Boeing 737 with more conventional recliners in business class.

Travellers will still need to undergo a PCR test two days before the departure of their flight to Malaysia and take a rapid anti-gen test within 24 hours after arriving in the county.

Meanwhile, the Airbus A350 thunders between KL and London on a daily basis, with the long-range jet sporting the same business class seating as the A330s but crowned by four distinct ‘Business Suites’.

Situated at the very front of the cabin, these pods were formerly sold as first class, but were rebranded to better-align with company travel policies that often prohibited first class travel.

These Business Suites offer added privacy in the air thanks to a closing door, upgraded lounge access in Kuala Lumpur, and inflight service more akin to first class standards.


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