Malaysia Airlines may fly again to US, France

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SEPANG: Malaysia Airlines may fly again to the United States and France, according to Malaysia Airlines Bhd Group chief executive officer Izham Ismail.

He said this when asked by reporters if flights to both countries would resume anytime soon.

Malaysia Airlines suspended flights into Los Angeles in 2014, and ceased its Kuala Lumpur-Paris route in 2016.

Speaking after the launch of Malaysia Airlines’ newly-refurbished golden lounge at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here today, Izham said in the next two years, the company expects to see very slow growth of about 3-4%.

“Only if Malaysia Airlines successfully turns around, will it grow slightly more rapidly at 4-5%.”

Izham said Malaysia Airlines had expanded its network to China with four new routes, including Nanjing and Haikou, as well as resumed flights to Surabaya for the umrah and haj traffic.

He added that Malaysia Airlines had also increased the frequency of its flights to Seoul and aims to resume flights to Brisbane this June.

Meanwhile, the refurbished golden lounge offers a nap area, shower rooms, a sports bar, laksa bar (which serves laksa from various states in the country), a Muslim prayer room, family area, nappy-changing room and a smoking room.

Open 24 hours, it can accommodate up to 330 guests in the business class area and 125 guests in first class at any one time.