Malaysia Airlines Downsizes – Frequencies Reduced & Routes Cut

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Malaysia Airlines has been in trouble for a long time. The disasters involving MH370 and MH17 didn’t exactly help but they weren’t the beginning of the airline’s problems. Not by a long stretch.

In May, Malaysia appointed former Aer Lingus boss (and well known airline-rescue guru) Christoph Mueller as it’s new CEO and it didn’t take long for the changes to come. It was announced that, as a company, Malaysia Airlines would cease to exist (although, as an airline the planes would continue to fly) and a new company would emerge – leaner and, hopefully, stronger.

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As part of the reconstruction work being carried out on the operations of Malaysia Airlines  20,000 staff were let go and planes were put up for sale or lease – including a number of the airline’s A380 super-jumbos. Al this meant that routes would have to be cut and, sure enough, cuts have been made.

If you are booked on a Malaysia Airlines flight between Kuala Lumpur and any of these cities you should check your flight details and contact the airline if necessary.

Here’s a list, by country, of routes, from Kuala Lumpur, which have seen frequencies reduced or that have been eliminated altogether:


Brisbane: The only daily service, MH134/135 is to be cancelled from 9 August

Perth: Service will be reduced from 12 flights/week to 7 from 15 August. MH127/126 service has been cancelled.


Siem Reap: Service (MH764/765) to be reduced from a daily service to five times a week from 17 August.


Guangzhou: Services will be reduce from twice daily to once daily from 15 August. MH380/381 has been cancelled.

Hong Kong: MH72/73 will be downsized from a 777 to a 737 between 1-14 August. In addition, from 15 August the service will be reduced to a thrice daily service with the cancellation of MH448/449.

Shanghai: Service will be reduced from twice daily to once daily with the cancellation of MH386/387 from 18 August.


Paris: MH20/21 will be downsized form an A380 to a 777-200ER resulting in a loss of first class from this route.


Bali – Denpasar: MH851/850 will be downsized form a 777 to a 737 from 15 August.MH715/714 will also be downsized to a 737 from 1 September.


Male: Existing once daily service (MH176/177) to be cancelled from 23 August.

Myanmar (Buma)

Yangon: Service reduced from fourteen weekly flights to eleven weekly flights. MH740/741 are the flights that see a reduction in service.


Manila: Service reduced from five times daily to four times daily with the cancellation of MH708/709 from 15 August.


Taipei: Service reduced from twice daily to once daily with the cancellation of MH408/409 from 15 August.


Ho Chi Minh City: Service will be reduce to thrice daily with the cancellation of MH760/761 from 15 August.

Hat-Tip to Business Traveller for alerting me to these changes