Malaysia Airlines takes off with first Doha direct service

Malaysia Airlines’ first direct flight from Doha touched down at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on May 26, paving the way for Malaysia to welcome travellers from more international destinations.

The service provides passengers seamless connectivity via Doha’s Hamad International Airport, enabling optimal connections to the US, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East through the airline’s codeshare partnership with Qatar Airways.

Tourism, arts and culture minister Nancy Shukri (centre) joins Malaysia Airlines on the service’s first touch-down in Kuala Lumpur

MH160 departs Kuala Lumpur International Airport daily at 21.20, while MH161 departs Hamad International Airport daily at 01.30. The service is operated with the A330-300 aircraft, equipped with 27 business class seats, 16 economy seats with extra legroom and 247 economy seats.

Nancy Shukri, tourism, arts and culture minister, who personally welcomed passengers arriving on the first flight, said: “It is indeed a huge relief for the tourism industry as we welcome more international tourists, newcomers and regulars alike, to further boost our economy.”

Malaysia has set a goal of two million international tourist arrivals this year and at least RM8.6 billion (US$1.9 billion) in tourism receipts.

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