Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Malaysian Carrier Fight For Vietnam Service Intensifies

Travel/Distribution Systems

Aviation Daily May 05 , 2010 , p. 14
Neelam Mathews

The battle for business between Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and budget carrier AirAsia is getting fiercer on the Vietnam route.

“As an airline, we have transformed and we are fighting for our rights, as are AirAsia and AirAsia X,” Azmil Zahruddin, MAS managing director and CEO, told a local daily.

AirAsia has purchased a 30% stake in VietJet Aviation and plans to launch a new low-cost carrier in Vietnam that will fly both local and international routes in August. MAS, in anticipation, has added five flights from Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City, bringing total weekly flights to 19. MAS says average passenger load factors on the sector are 75%. MAS also offers daily flights to Hanoi.

“We are committed to the Vietnamese market. These additional frequencies will provide more options to our customers to suit their travel plans,” said Amin Khan, MAS senior general manager, network and revenue management.

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