MALAYSIA Airlines plans to add capacity into Australia over the coming months, including a return to Brisbane after an absence of three years. The Malaysian flag carrier will also deploy A380s into Sydney and Melbourne during peak times.

The new four-weekly service between the Queensland capital and Kuala Lumpur will use Airbus A330-300 aircraft. If there is demand for the route, the oneworld member may expand the service to daily.

Malaysia Airlines regional manager Australia/New Zealand Gabrielle Vicari said “the growth reflects our commitment to the wider Australian market, our largest outside of domestic Malaysia”.

“And with four A350-900s and six A330-200s due to enter the fleet over the next six months, further growth remains possible,” Vicari said.

Brisbane flights will be timed to connect with the airline’s domestic and Asia network as well as its double-daily London flights.

The added capacity into the Australian market will also come via seasonal Airbus A380 services into Sydney and Melbourne during peak periods. GDS displays show Malaysia Airlines will bring its A380s into Sydney for select days across the Easter school holidays in April, before returning for the last two weekends in June and one day in July.

Malaysia Airlines also increases frequencies into Adelaide from four to five weekly flights from June. Perth is also set to see more Malaysia tails on the ground with 12 flights a week, up from seven, scheduled from June.

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