Thursday, August 31, 2006

Jet Airways appears to be ideal partner : MAS

Petling Jaya: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will keep its Zurich, Rome and Los Angeles routes despite an earlier plan to do away with these unprofitable routes. In fact, the airline plans to increase flights to Los Angeles and even Paris as part of its network rationalisation scheme.
“We can improve on the Los Angeles route,’’ managing director Idris Jala said when releasing MAS' results yesterday.
Jala also wants to expand the partnership into China, India and South Africa. MAS was likely to partner South African Airways for the African connection and China Southern for the China connectivity, sources said.
As for India, the ideal partner appears to be Jet Airways, a promising airline. But present regulations in India do not permit such an arrangement.
The network rationalisation plan would also see MAS focusing more on the region but with strategic tie-ups with airlines in Africa, India, Middle East, China, American and Europe.
31/08/06 B.K. Sidhu/Malaysia Star, Malaysia
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