Enjoy new 3x weekly non-stop flights to Kota Kinabalu from Perth

Be amazed by the places to see and things to do in Sabah. See the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia, climb one of the highest mountains in South East Asia, Mount Kinabalu and dive at one of the world’s top marine sites, Pulau Sipadan.

With new three weekly non-stop flights from Perth to Kota Kinabalu effective 15 January 2011, getting there will be even easier. These three new flights will complement the current 10 non-stop flights from Perth to Kuala Lumpur.

Flights will depart Perth at 12.40am on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and arrive in Kota Kinabalu at 6.15am. From Kota Kinabalu, flights will depart at 6.00pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and arrive in Perth at 11.35pm.

Malaysia Airlines Regional Vice President, Australia & New Zealand, Ignatius Ong said, “Sabah is a treasure trove of beautiful islands, lush tropical rainforests, exuberant cultures and exotic wildlife. It offers a terrific alternative for people looking for a new experience.

“With just over five hours flight time from Perth to Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, we believe that this new non-stop service will perform well. Furthermore, the setting up of Kota Kinabalu as our Eastern hub will enable better flight schedules, connectivity and save travel time as customers would not need to stop over at Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

The Eastern hub will be developed over 3 stages from 15 November 2010 to 3 June 2011, with Malaysia Airlines adding new international destinations and frequencies to complement the currently served foreign cities from Kota Kinabalu.

By June 2011, Kota Kinabalu will have the following international flights: daily flights to Taipei and Hong Kong, four weekly to Kaohsiung and Seoul, three weekly to Haneda and twice weekly services to Osaka. Other new international destinations in the planning include cities in China and Indonesia.

According to Ong, customers departing Kota Kinabalu will be amongst the first to experience Malaysia Airlines’ new B737-800 aircraft.

“With the new aircraft, our customers will enjoy latest generation seats, roomier interior, better ambience, higher ceilings and mood lighting. There will also be an inflight entertainment system offering audio and video on demand on every business and economy class seat,” he said.

Flight schedules from Kota Kinabalu and vice-versa will also be synchronised with Malaysia Airlines subsidiary MASwings to offer customers with better connectivity into the interiors of Sabah.

Source = Malaysia Airlines
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