Malaysia Airline System, the difference is the price.

Malaysia Airline System

One of the factors that contributed to the growth of tourism in Malaysia and catapulted it to one of the top 10 destinations in the world, is the fact that Malaysia has a well developed system of air travel.

There are four (4) major Malaysian air carriers presently serving the country. “Malaysia Airlines” is the national carrier and is owned by the Malaysian Government.

The other popular Malaysian air carriers, is the low cost no frills carrier AirAsia. The third major Malaysian airline serving the country is “Firefly” which is the first community airline in Malaysia.

The fourth Malaysian carrier operating the “Rural Air Services” (RAS) for East Malaysia is “MASwings”.

The latter two Malaysian carriers are wholly owned subsidiaries of Malaysia Airlines but with independent management teams.

Malaysia Airline System - Malaysian Airlines (MAS)

This is the national carrier for Malaysia and is based at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Malaysia Airlines is one of the safest airlines in the world. This Malaysian airline flies to over 80 destinations across 6 continents.

It is also one of the top airlines in the world and has been awarded a full 5 star rating by Skytrax, an independent airlines observer.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) – My Thoughts?

My personal experience with MAS? Well the services on international flights are commendable but those on domestic routes still have room for improvement.

Malaysia Airline System – AirAsia

AirAsia is like Ryan Air to the Irish.

A low cost, budget airline that dominates the domestic routes and is one of the fastest growing airlines in the Asia Pacific region.

It won the Skytrax award for “The World's Best Low-Cost Airline” in 2009 and 2010. Its CEO, Tony Fernandez, was once an employee of Richard Branson, the CEO of Virgin Atlantic Airways. Having taken a few flights on this airline myself, I find this Malaysia Airline quite good value for money.

Comfort wise, the leather seats are a great relief. However, the airline is notorious for delays, although I have yet to suffer from any such delays. The airline also serves international routes through its various subsidiaries like Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, VietJet AirAsia and AirAsia X.

Frankly, despite having the odd hiccup, there is no other airline within the region that can equal AirAsia in terms of price competiveness.

Every now and then, AirAsia conducts a travel promotion which entails giving away up to a million free seats on its flights.

it is based at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at KLIA. Flights are usually on new Airbus 320s and I love the leather seats. Personally, the airline gives value for money and is true to its slogan, “Now everyone can fly”. Why do I say that? Because, for just $5 or $10, you get the opportunity to fly all over the country. It’s cheaper than taking the bus!

Malaysia Airline System – FireFly Sdn Bhd

The first community airline in Malaysia, whatever that means, Firefly is a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines.

This Malaysia Airline, operates from 3 hubs, Subang airport, Penang airport and KLIA. The present routes of this airline cover mostly domestic destination and the neighbouring countries of Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.

The airline operates mostly on new ATR 72-500 aircrafts.

Service wise, I haven’t had the opportunity to experience it yet, but being a wholly owned subsidiary of MAS, the standard should be higher than those of AirAsia.

Malaysia Airline System – MASwings

This Malaysian airline is the regional provider of air services for East Malaysia and is a subsidiary of MAS.

Having taken over the Rural Air Service (RAS) from FlyAsianXpress in 2007, MASwings has upgraded its fleet of aircrafts from Fokker F50 to the more modern ATR 72-500. Operational headquarters is based in the city of Miri, Sarawak.

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