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.


Qatar Holding Announces Harrods Hotel in Kuala Lumpur

Qatar Holding, a Qatar-based investment company, founded by the Qatar Investment Authority, has announced the development of new Harrods brand hotels at prime locations worldwide.

In 2010 the company bought the London-based, Harrods department store, for a price of around GBP1.5 billion. The recent launch of the hotel brand is part of the company strategy to develop and expand The Harrods Group portfolio.

The company intends to open Harrods hotels in key cities around the world, including Kuala Lumpur, New York and Paris, and certain major cities in China. Preference will be given to construct on sites already owned by Qatar Holding or its affiliates, for example at Chelsea Barracks in London or Costa Smeralda in Sardinia.

The company has recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Malaysia, with property developer, Jerantas Sdn Bhd, to study the possibility of developing a GBP406 million Harrods Hotel in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. The new development is likely to include a 300-room hotel, residential apartments, and retail spaces.

Dr Hussain Ali AI-Abdulla, vice-chairman of Qatar Holding, said, ‘Qatar Holding will invest more, especially in Malaysia’s natural resources, due to the country’s political stability and economic growth expected to average 5 percent.’

Qatar Investment Authority, the autonomous wealth fund of the natural gas-rich state of Qatar, has invested heavily in western assets, that include iconic names such as Porsche, the Germany-based car manufacturer, Barclays, the UK-based bank, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the France-based luxury design company, and Tiffany, the US-based jeweller.