Malaysia Airlines announced the introduction of B737-800 services on its Kota Kinabalu - Taipei route and increased weekly frequencies between Kuala Lumpur and Taipei during the 2012/3 Northern Winter operating schedule, to cater to the growing demand for air travel on this network.
Effective 15 November 2012, its daily flight between Kota Kinabalu and Taipei will be upgraded from the present 144-seater B737-400 to the 160-seater B737-800 aircraft, offering an extra 112 seats weekly in each direction.
The B737-800 aircraft with a configuration of 16 business and 144 Economy seats, provides premium travel experience with on-demand in-flight entertainment system at every seat. Effective 19 February 2013, Malaysia Airlines will also introduce an additional 4 weekly B737-800 flights to the existing daily B737-800 services between Kuala Lumpur and Taipei.
The new flights depart Kuala Lumpur at 1.35am and arrive Taipei at 6.20am every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The inbound flights depart Taipei at 7.55am and arrive Kuala Lumpur at 12.45pm on the same days.
Malaysia Airlines Regional Senior Vice President for Malaysia/ASEAN, Encik Muzamil Mohammad said, "With the change of aircraft type and increased services, we will offer 11flights weekly from Kuala Lumpur and 7 flights weekly from Kota Kinabalu to Taipei, providing a total weekly capacity of 5,760 seats between Malaysia and Taiwan in both directions. This development was also possible due to the significant improvements in the manner we deploy our narrow body aircraft. It has brought the double benefit of allowing us to operate more services for increased revenue generation and by flying the aircraft more often we reduce the cost of every seat kilometre flown”.
source: Malaysia Airlines