Malaysia Airlines inducting ATR 72s to boost regional feeder markets - TravelHouseUK

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20 ATR 72 600s along with 16 other airliners purchased for $840 million, with deliveries starting from mid 2013.

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Passengers booking with TravelhouseUK for flights to the Far East under Malaysia airlines will avail easier schedules for catching connecting flights under the airline.

TravelhouseUK provides connecting flights for its clients travelling to the Far East. As reported by Australian Aviation on February 20 2013, Malaysia Airlines has made its order official for receiving 20 ATR 72 600s from the Italian manufacturer by mid 2013.

Passengers booking with TravelhouseUK for flights to the Far East under Malaysia airlines will avail easier schedules for catching connecting flights under the airline. The added convenience will also replace the need for overseas passengers to book with other regional air carriers after flying with Malaysian Airlines.

TravelhouseUK has had an outreach of major international airlines hailing from even the Far East. The agency has registered Malaysia Airlines in order to provide bookings for all destinations accessible from London’s Heathrow Airport, which include flights to Auckland, Phuket, Colombo, Guangzhou and Sydney.

The purchase deal has a net worth of $840 million, and it will lead to induction of a further 16 aircraft available for options apart from the 20 newly purchased ATR 72 600s. Malaysia Airlines has already been operating 22 ATR 72 500s for complying regional operations to support overseas air traffic outbound or inbound the Far East region. The ATR 72 has remained a part of the airlines’ fleet since 2007.

The ATR 72- 600 is the most advanced variant of the aircraft model. Fitted with dual Pratt & Whitney turboprop engines, the aircraft is designed to operate with lesser fuel burn rates upon regional flights. The aircraft is also structured with advanced avionics systems which are not conventionally present in turboprop aircraft, while its single class cabin has a capacity of 78 passengers per flight. It accommodates baggage in cabin overhead compartments to allow maximum capacity for its share of operations.

The flag carrier airline of Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines has established its international hub of operations at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, while its regional operations are backed by further subsidiary airports. The airline has specialized in a destination network spreading to all sectors of the Asian continent. This allows it to shoulder intercontinental routes from Europe to avail its connecting flights anywhere in Asia. It also operates the kangaroo route between Australia and Europe, while it holds a fare share of flights between Australia and the Far East region. It currently holds 86 aircraft in its commercial passenger fleet, which also includes the world’s largest airliner, the Airbus A380.

Furthermore, the airline has secured to become the latest member of the One world aviation alliance, thus stepping into the club of international air carriers collaborating on a global platform.

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