Malaysia Airlines to stop LAX flights by April 30th

Posted on January 27, 2014 by in Travel Deals

I had a great time on Malaysia Airlines A380 back in May 2013. I thought their First Class product was one of the best in the sky.

I was hoping that they would extend their US service and maybe add new airplanes to it.

Now MS has decided to cut the remaining service (via NRT) effective April 30th entirely and focus on Europe and their short haul network.

Malaysian Airlines (MAS) is to stop flying to Los Angeles, its only US destination, from April 30 under a route rationalisation exercise to stem losses, the loss-making national carrier said today.

MAS group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the route was no longer viable due to over capacity and competition resulting in lower yields, high cost of operating the B777 aircraft, and pressure from continued increases in fuel costs.

"These are adding further pressure to the expenses of Malaysia Airlines group, which we are continuously evaluating," he said in a statement.

MAS said it will focus on Asia where the demand outlook was strong, fuelled by a growing middle class and increased global and intra-regional trade.

The national carrier will thus increase frequencies to key regional cities to benefit from the strong growth in regional demand, the statement said.