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British Airways is resuming direct flights from Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur. Fourteen years after the route was suspended, a daily service from Terminal 5 to the Malaysian capital will begin next May.
Kuala Lumpur is the world’s largest aviation hub not currently served directly by British Airways, and a major centre for oneworld airlines.
Lynne Embleton, British Airways’ director of business strategy, says: “We have been working to resume flights to Kuala Lumpur for a long time. Our customers have been asking us to restore this route, which will open up new connecting routes around the region.”
British Airways’ forerunner, Imperial Airways, began flying to Malaysia in 1933. The flight from Croydon Airport made 22 stops before reaching its destination nine days later.
The new service will leave Heathrow every evening at 8.15pm, arriving at Kuala Lumpur after 12 hours 45 minutes.
The start of the 2014/15 winter schedule at the end of October sees a number of flights changing terminals at Heathrow. Belfast and Dublin flights switch from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5, while Barcelona services move from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 to Terminal 3.