Malaysia Airlines last night, 1 September 2013, launched its inaugural service on the Kuala Lumpur-Kochi route via KL International Airport. MH 118 departed Kuala Lumpur at 10.30pm and arrived in Kochi, South India, at 12.01am early this morning. The return service, MH119 departed Kochi at 12.50am, and arrived in Kuala Lumpur at 7.40am this morning. Malaysia Airlines flies daily between Kuala Lumpur and Kochi.
Our carrier will operate this route on the new and improved 160-seater B737-800. With a configuration of 16 Business and 144 Economy seats, the service will provide a premium travel experience with on-demand in-flight entertainment system at every seat.
Malaysia Airlines’ Group CEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said, “We are pleased to bring our service to Kochi. The presence of Malaysia Airlines in Kerala is symbolic of the strong ties between Malaysia and India."
“Kochi, in Kerala, South India, will be a great addition to the destinations offered by Malaysia Airlines via oneworld”, he added. With Kochi, Malaysia Airlines now connects with 6 cities in India.
Traditionally famous as a spice trade centre, Kochi is today a vibrant city and gateway to beautiful Kerala with its unique boat houses, Ayurvedic treatment, spice produce and lots more.
A simple send-off of guests was held at KL International Airport on Sunday night. Guests were given special goody bags as passengers on the inaugural flight.
Kochi is the second new destination for Malaysia Airlines in recent weeks. In early August, Malaysia Airlines reinstated flights from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai. In November, Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory becomes our third new destination since mid-2013.