Malaysia Airlines started operations in 1947 with the name Malayan Airways but was renamed Malaysian Airways following the creation of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. With the withdrawal of Singapore from Malaysia, Malaysian Airways changed its name into Malaysia-Singapore Airlines. MSA ceased operations in 1972 after the formation of two separate entities – Malaysian Airline System (MAS) and Singapore Airlines. In 1987, Malaysian Airlines System re branded into Malaysia Airlines.
Malaysia Airlines fleet is one of the worldâ€™s youngest, and its vast global network serves more than 48,000 passengers over 110 cities across 6 continents plus 16 destinations within Malaysia. It was the first airline in Southeast Asia to fly to South Africa following the demise of apartheid and the only airline in the region that serves South America via its services to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Malaysia Airlines holds a lengthy record of service and best practices excellence, having received more than 100 awards in the last 10 years, among the notable ones being the first airline to win the â€œWorldâ€™s Best Cabin Crewâ€ by Skytrax (the leading research Advisors to the world airline and air transport industry) consecutively from 2001 till 2004 and being rated â€œ5-star airlineâ€ also by Skytrax.
In 2006, Malaysia Airlines won the â€˜Best Airline To Asiaâ€™ award in the 2006 Travel Weekly Globe Awards polls conducted by Travel Weekly, a UK based magazine. Malaysia Airlines also clinched the â€˜Best Economy Classâ€™ at the World Airlines Award 2006 organised by Skytrax.
The in-flight entertainment system onboard Malaysia Airlines is called â€œSelectâ€. Malaysia Airlines passengers can choose over 500 hours of audio-on-demand and video-on-demand (which is similar to having a portable DVD player), this feature allows each passenger to select from a variety choices, start a movie or song when they want to, pause or switch. Each passenger has complete control of their viewing options using individual remote controls located at each seat.
You can choose to fly Economy Class, Golden Club Class (Business Class), or First Class with Malaysia Airlines.
Firefly is a low cost airlines which is a wholly subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines but to be managed by Flyfirefly Sdn. Bhd. The airline flies two daily services out of Penang International Airport to Kota Bahru, Langkawi, Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu, plus daily services to Phuket and Koh Samui in southern Thailand