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Rayani Air adds new domestic routes in Malaysia

Rayani Air’s inaugural flight between Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu arrived at its destination on 1 February. There was a press conference and passengers on the first flight were given a special greeting.

Meanwhile in Kuching, the new daily service from Kuala Lumpur was celebrated by a gift exchange between Ravi Alagendrran (the airline’s founder) and Benedict Jimbau, MD, Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and Chris Kon, Chairman, Malaysia Association of Tour and Travel Agents Sarawak. This was followed by another press conference. Both new routes will face massive competition from AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air.

  • Rayani Air, a new Malaysian carrier that launched services last December, has expanded its network this week with the addition of daily flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to both Kota Kinabalu (BKI) and Kuching (KCH). Both routes started on 1 February and will be served by the carrier’s 737-400s, with frequency on the Kuching route increasing to 11 flights per week shortly. The 1,629-kilometre route to Kota Kinabalu is already well served by AirAsia (12 daily flights), Malaysia Airlines (11 daily flights) and Malindo Air (three daily flights). The 969-kilometre route to Kuching is served by the same three carriers, again with multiple daily flights. Due to a technical problem the first flight to Kuching was around five hours late. See how Kota Kinabalu Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.


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