Malaysian Airline System Berhad, also known as Malaysia
Airlines (MAS) is the government-owned flag carrier of Malaysia.
Malaysia Airlines operates flights from its home base, Kuala
Lumpur International Airport, and its secondary hub in Kota
Kinabalu. It has its headquarters on the grounds of Sultan
Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, Selangor.
Despite a financial restructuring exercise in 2006, Malaysia
Airlines maintains a strong presence in Southeast Asia,
East Asia, South Asia, Middle East and on the Kangaroo Route
between Europe and Australasia. Malaysia Airlines also operated
transatlantic flights from Kuala Lumpur to Newark, via Stockholm
until October 2009. It operates transpacific flights from
Kuala Lumpur to Los Angeles, via Taipei. In 1997, the airline
flew the world's longest non-commercial, non-stop flight
from Boeing Field in Seattle to Kuala Lumpur, flying eastward
passing the European and African continents and breaking
the "Great Circle Distance Without Landing" record
for an airliner on a Boeing 777-200ER, longer than the record
held by the Boeing 777-200LR.
Malaysia Airlines' non-aeronautical revenue sources include
maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), and aircraft handling.
Malaysia Airlines has two airline subsidiaries: Firefly
and MASwings. Firefly operates scheduled flights from its
home base Penang International Airport which focuses on
tertiary cities, while Malaysia airlines wings focuses on
inter-Borneo flights. Malaysia Airlines has a freighter
fleet operated by MASKargo, which manages freighter flights
and aircraft cargo-hold capacity for all Malaysia Airlines'
passenger flights. MASCharter is another subsidiary of Malaysia
Airlines, operating charter flights using Malaysia Airlines'
aircraft. After recovering from past losses, Malaysia Airlines
is keen on merger and acquisition (M&A) activities:
particularly airlines in the Asia Pacific region. Malaysia
Airlines was ranked second with score 88 in Aviation Week's
Top Performing Companies which accurately measures financial
viability of an airline.
Since its inception in 1963, after Malayan Airways was separated
into two parts, Malaysia Airlines has built up a strong
brand name in the aviation industry for service and safety
, coupled with numerous awards from international bodies
such as Skytrax. Malaysia Airlines is accredited by International
Air Transport Association with IOSA (IATA Operational Safety
Audit) for its operational safety practices.
It is one of only six airlines to be given a 5-star status
airline by Skytrax (the other 5 are Asiana Airlines from
South Korea, Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong, Qatar Airways
from Qatar, Singapore Airlines from Singapore and Kingfisher
Airlines from India). Malaysia Airlines is also listed among
Skytrax's Quality Approved Airlines, alongside fellow 5-star
carriers Asiana Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines and Qatar