AviationAnticipation of a travel demand surge has seen MAS add capacity to its Japan flights.

Off to Japan! Malaysia Airlines adds flights to Haneda, Narita

MAS is flying the A350 on its new Haneda route.
MAS is flying the A350 on its new Haneda route.

Malaysia Airlines is increasing its round-trip flight frequency to Japan starting 1 November with trips on its newest Haneda route bumped to thrice weekly from two times a week and daily flights to Narita from five times weekly.

The flight boost, in anticipation of a travel demand surge since the reopening of Japan’s borders, complements the airlines’ frequency into Osaka which rose to five times a week from thrice weekly.

According to Malaysia Airlines, the routes will be serviced by its flagship aircraft A350, equipped with four business suite seats and 35 Business Class seats or its A330 aircraft.

Captain Izham Ismail, Malaysia Airlines group CEO, said since the launch of its twice weekly service to Haneda in August this year, there has been a “healthy” uptick in forward bookings.

“Our operation into Osaka has also gained good traction, with current capacity standing at 70% of pre-pandemic level,” Izham said.

He hoped that the additional services on the Japanese routes would rebuild traffic between Malaysia and Japan and spur economic growth, while helping business and trade.

“The frequency increase will facilitate the airline’s capacity recovery to more than 70% of pre-pandemic levels alongside the recovery of other top performing international destinations including London, Australia, New Zealand and India,” he added.

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