Malaysia Airlines Berhad, formerly known as Malaysian Airline System Berhad ; branded as Malaysia Airlines; is a major airline operating flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and from secondary hubs in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching to destinations throughout Asia, Oceania and Europe.
Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres and sharing the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe.
Kuala Lumpur, officially the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, is the national capital of Malaysia as well as its largest city.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is Malaysia's main international airport and one of the major airports in South East Asia.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER 9M-MRP Takeoff 【KIX/RJBB】 by akino33
Malaysia Airlines is the flag carrier of Malaysia and a member of the oneworld airline alliance.
A flag carrier is a transportation company, such as an airline or shipping company, that, being locally registered in a given state, enjoys preferential rights or privileges accorded by the government for international operations.
An airline alliance is an aviation industry arrangement between two or more airlines agreeing to cooperate on a substantial level.
Oneworld is an airline alliance founded on 1 February 1999.
Impressive Malaysia Airlines A380 Flying at Farnborough. by Wonkabar007
The company's headquarters are located at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
In August 2014, the Malaysian government's sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional—which then owned 69.37% of the airline—announced its intention to purchase remaining ownership from minority shareholders and de-list the airline from Malaysia's stock exchange, thereby renationalising the airline.
Malaysia Airlines owns two subsidiary airlines: Firefly and MASwings.
MASwings Sendirian Berhad is a regional airline operating the Rural Air Services in East Malaysia.
Firefly operates scheduled flights from its two home bases Penang International Airport and Subang International Airport.
Penang International Airport, situated near Bayan Lepas at the southeastern tip of Penang Island in Malaysia, is one of the busiest airports in the country.
Penang is a Malaysian state located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, by the Strait of Malacca.
The airline focuses on tertiary cities.
MASwings focuses on inter-Borneo flights.
Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and the largest island in Asia.
Malaysia Airlines has a freighter fleet operated by MASkargo, which manages freighter flights and aircraft cargo-hold capacity for all Malaysia Airlines' passenger flights.
MAB Kargo operating as MASkargo is a cargo airline with its head office in the Advanced Cargo Centre on the grounds of Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia.
The airline began as Malayan Airways Limited and flew its first commercial flight in 1947.
Malaysia–Singapore Airlines came into being in 1966 as a result of a joint ownership of the airline by the governments of Malaysia and Singapore.
Malayan Airways was headquartered in Singapore.
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, and often referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City, and the Red Dot, is a global city and sovereign state in Southeast Asia and the world's only island city-state.
A few years after Singapore's expulsion from Malaysia, the airline was renamed Malaysia Singapore Airlines, before its assets were divided in 1972 to form Singapore flag carrier Singapore Airlines and Malaysian flag carrier Malaysian Airline System.
Despite numerous awards from aviation industry and recognition from the World Travel Awards as the leading airline in and to Asia the airline struggled to cut costs to compete with new, low-cost carriers in the region since the early 2000s.
In 2013, the airline initiated a turnaround plan after large losses beginning in 2011 and cut routes to prominent, but unprofitable, long-haul destinations, such as the Americas and South Africa.
Malaysia Airlines also began an internal restructuring and intended to sell units such as engineering and pilot training.
In 2014, Malaysia Airlines lost two aircraft—Flight 370 and Flight 17—less than five months apart, exacerbating the airline's financial troubles and leading to the renationalisation of the airline.
Prior to 2014, MAS had one of the world's best safety records—just two fatal accidents in 68 years of operation, including the hijacking in 1977 of Flight 653 that resulted in 100 deaths.