British Airways to resume flights to Kuala Lumpur next summer

British Airways has said that it will resume direct flights from Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur in summer 2015.

British Airways will commence its daily service from Terminal 5 to Kuala Lumpur on May 27, 2015 utilising the Boeing 777-200 airplane with a four-class cabin configuration. The airline, which last flew to the Malaysian capital in 2001, has given the route the same flight numbers that it operated before 2001.

Lynne Embleton, British Airways’ director of business strategy, said: ‘We have been working to resume flights to Kuala Lumpur for a long time, so it’s wonderful to be back in the heart of Malaysia once again.

‘We are re-starting the route in response to commercial demand from our customers who have been asking us for direct British Airways flights to Kuala Lumpur, which opens up new connecting routes around the region.

‘A thriving economy offers fantastic opportunities for UK businesses, while holiday-makers can enjoy some stunning destinations around the country and beyond.’

Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, the managing director of Malaysia Airports, said: ‘I greatly welcome the return of British Airways to Malaysia. I believe this new route will have a very positive economic, political, social and cultural impact on both countries and it underlines the strength and vibrancy of the air travel market between them.

‘I wish them the best in their preparations to reconnect the two great cities of London and Kuala Lumpur and am confident it will enhance the airline’s huge global network.’

The onward flight (BA033) will depart T5 daily at 8.15pm, arriving at Kuala Lumpur in 12 hours 45 minutes, at 4pm (local). The returning flight (BA034) will leave Kuala Lumpur at 11.05pm (local) and arrive back into Heathrow’s T5 at 5.25am the next morning.


Ryanair launches Edinburgh, Glasgow summer 2015 schedules

Ryanair, one of Europe’s leading low fares airlines, has launched its Edinburgh summer 2015 schedule with one new route to London Stansted (three times daily) and more flights and improved schedules on three other routes to Barcelona, Pisa and Rome.

Ryanair is the first airline in Scotland to launch its 2015 summer schedule, three months earlier than last year. The improved services will deliver 32 summer routes in total from Scotland, with a total of nearly two million customers per annum, and support up to 2,000 ‘on-site’ jobs at Edinburgh Airport.

Ryanair celebrated the launch of its Edinburgh summer 2015 schedule by releasing 100,000 seats for sale across its European network, at prices from £19.99 for travel in September, October and November, and available for booking until midnight Monday, September 1st.

Ryanair also launched its Glasgow summer 2015 schedules with nine new Glasgow International routes to Bydgoszcz, Carcassonne, Chania, Derry, Dublin, London Stansted, Riga, Warsaw Modlin and Wroclaw, and 16 Glasgow Prestwick routes, which together will deliver over 1.35m customers p.a. to/from Glasgow in total.

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said: ‘Scottish consumers already choose Ryanair for our low fares, industry leading customer service and great route choice. Now they can also book their summer 2015 flights even earlier on our improved website and great new app, carry a free small 2nd carry-on bag, enjoy allocated seats, avail of our new Family Extra and Business Plus services, and use their personal electronic devices at all stages of their flight, as Ryanair continues to deliver so much more than just the lowest fares.’