British Airways, UKs flag carrier airline, will resume direct flights from Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur this summer 2015, after a gap of more than a decade. British Airways last flew to the Malaysian capital in 2001 (stopped due to less commercial demand). “Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, the managing director of Malaysia Airports, said: “I greatly welcome the return of British Airways to Malaysia.”
Kuala Lumpur today is a rapidly growing economy with a focus on international trade, and also among the world’s largest aviation hub. Besides, Malaysia shares strong ties with the UK. So it did make sense to have direct connectivity between the two countries.
The launch was celebrated with a glamorous star studded photoshoot that included the likes of Hollywood actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh (had featured in ‘Crouching tiger hidden dragon’), British supermodel, Georgia May Jagger and world renowned Malaysian fashion designer, Datuk Jimmy Choo.
The Cinderella themed photoshoot was held on May 28th with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in the background. Incidentally, for designer Jimmy Choo, this association strikes a little closer to heart since he is a Malaysian himself.
The inaugural flight of British Airways to Malaysia arrived at Kuala Lampur international Airport on May 28th. Customers taking BA flights on this route can opt for a variety of comfortable seating options – First class, Club world business cabin that features the award winning flat beds, World Traveler Plus premium Economy and World Traveler Economy Cabin. Special promotional fares have been announced for this route, to generate more interest.
There are several Asians, who are now permanently settled in the UK, but have ties back home in Malaysia. This is indeed going to be a thrilling news for them. Needless to say, it’s good news for all travelling on this route frequently, an absolute treat indeed!
British Airways have earmarked an investment of more than £5bn, most of which will be spent on new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.