News in brief:
Malaysia Airlines culls European routes in restructuring
It has, of course, been a torrid time for Malaysia Airlines over the last couple of years.
It seems like only yesterday when I was writing articles like this one on Head for Points, where they were celebrating their entry into the oneworld alliance and their A380 service to Heathrow. The carrier was also opening up other routes to Europe which offered interesting low tax redemption options for your Avios points.
The events of the last year changed all that. The carrier was forced into a massive restructuring which led to the announcement yesterday.
Malaysia Airlines is effectively handing over all of its long-haul routes to Emirates. In what is effectively a carbon copy of the Qantas relationship, Malaysia will be dropping its Paris and Amsterdam routes after Christmas, with Frankfurt having already gone. London will be the only direct service remaining to Europe.
At the same time, Malaysia will codeshare with Emirates on the vast majority of Emirates routes. Malaysia will now focus on sending passengers to Dubai and then hand them over to Emirates to deliver to their final destination.
As with Qantas, this might lead to the position where a Malaysia Airlines codeshare, operated by Emirates, would allow you to earn British Airways tier points and Avios. It will not be possible to redeem Avios for the Malaysia Airlines codeshare services flown by Emirates.
This is good news for Malaysia Airlines, allowing it to cut costs and refocus on its routes around Asia. Given that British Airways has recently launched a Kuala Lumpur service I was a little surprised to see that route reprieved.
As far as I know, Malaysia has still drawn a blank in its plans to sell or lease its fleet of six A380 planes. With the oil price low, the fuel efficiency benefits of flying such a large aircraft no longer seem to justify – unless you are Emirates – the downside of having to sell so many seats each day. Malaysia would presumably have tried to get Emirates to take the planes as part of this codeshare deal but seemingly there was no interest.
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