MAS deploys new B737-800 on Hong Kong-Kota Kinabalu route

HONG KONG Malaysia Airline has upgraded the aircraft on its Hong Kong-Kota Kinabalu service to a brand-new Boeing B737-800 aircraft. Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah.

The carrier is the first in Asia and the second airline in the world to take delivery of the B737-800 . It is fitted the new Boeing Sky interior, featuring 160 comfortable leather seats, bigger hand baggage compartments, an advanced inflight entertainment system and even power points for laptops.

The airline has a daily return service between Hong Kong and Kota-Kinabalu. Flight MH385 leaves Sabah at 1140, arriving at the Hong Kong Airport in Chep Lak Kok at 1450. The return flight takes off at 1530 and lands back in Kota Kinabalu at 1825.

Malaysia Airlines’ area manager for Hong Kong and Macau, Lee Poh Kait said: "We are delighted to offer this new aircraft for the Hong Kong market as it will provide better travel experience to our customers.

"Sabah remains one of our top destinations and we have seen encouraging increase in the number of passengers on our flights from Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu who go for the diversity and attractions that Malaysia has to offer."

The Malaysian state located in Borneo is a popular destination for business events, particularly incentives groups. Malaysia Airlines is helping promote the destination by sponsoring local events and activities like Diving Festival Exhibition, Sabah 101 Dive Treasures and Sabah Explore 3D Diving Seminar over the years.

"Through our strategic and long term plans, we now have a good framework of initiatives to further develop destinations beyond Kota Kinabalu and turn Borneo, in particular Sabah, into a year-round destination. Moving forward we have added focus on MICE, student excursions, wedding and gourmet segments to make Sabah a preferred destination," Lee said.

Randall Sim


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