KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, 5 December 2022 – MYAirline’s much-awaited inaugural flights officially touched down today at three destinations in Malaysia, arriving in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur. The flight to Kota Kinabalu recorded a load factor of over 80%, showing encouraging demand for travel.
Rayner Teo, Chief Executive Officer of MYAirline, says, “We are excited that we have touched down in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi today and cemented our official presence as an airline. MYAirline believes that our entry into these destinations will help boost tourism in Malaysia and accommodate increasing travel demands.”
“Since our route announcements, we see encouraging response from travellers. Guests can now look to benefit from more affordable fares. With air travel gaining momentum this year, we look forward to increasing tourism numbers into the country via new routes and additional flight frequencies.” adds Rayner.
MYAirline, the new low-cost carrier in Malaysia will operate once daily flight to Kuching and two daily flights to Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi with the Airbus A320-200 aircraft with a single class, 180-seat configuration. From 2 December 2022, MYAirline will increase its flight frequency to Kuching to two times daily and from 23 December 2022 onwards, flight frequency to Kuching will increase to three times daily.
YBrs Tuan Nasaruddin Abdul Muttalib, Chief Executive Officer of Langkawi Development Authority, says, “We are proud to be chosen as MYAirline’s first destination in Peninsula Malaysia. The flight into Langkawi is much needed as tourism into the island is moving towards pre-pandemic levels. We see Kuala Lumpur as a strong gateway for international tourist into Langkawi and with more flights, we look forward to welcoming both international and local tourists to Langkawi”
Noredah Othman, Chief Executive Officer of Sabah Tourism Board said, “Being accessible to travellers is essential for the success of any tourist destination. We hope that with more options for affordable flights into Sabah with MYAirline, this will help encourage tourists to take the opportunity to explore the state and its many amazing attractions. In the future, we hope to strengthen our collaboration with MYAirline and introduce other destinations in the state.”
MYAirline is planning to expand by opening more domestic routes by Q1 2023 from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, Penang, and Sibu. As announced last week, the airline has plans in the pipeline to fly to selected ASEAN destinations, connecting Malaysia to this region by Q2 2023.
In line with the airline’s commitment to achieve its sustainability goals, MYAirline is proud to be the first airline in the world to be fitted with light, innovative and eco- friendly seats. Manufactured in Italy, these ergonomically designed seats save approximately 800 kg of weight which translates to fuel saving. Besides championing sustainability, the airline also places importance on airline safety measures and complies to the requirement on safety regulations set by the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) and has the professional capabilities to establish and maintain a system for aircraft operations.