From 14th February 2013, passengers flying Malaysia Airlines will enjoy an additional 10kg free baggage allowance in every class. Economy Class passengers will receive 30kg standard baggage allowance, Business Class guests will be entitled to 40kg and those in First Class will have 50kg. Malaysia Airlines is also reducing its excess baggage charges for travel in all classes.
The new system will apply to all travel from 14th February, irrespective of tickets issued earlier reflecting the original lower free allowance. The benefits will be introduced on all Malaysia Airlines’ flights involving the weight system concept for checked baggage, except for travel to and from Los Angeles where the charges are based on the piece system.
Malaysia Airlines’ Area Manager UK & Ireland Yuzrizal Mohd Yousuf said: “The revised checked baggage policy is a great bonus for our UK and Irish passengers travelling from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur on our double daily A380 service and beyond to South East Asia and Australasia.
“We have also simplified the excess baggage rates to introduce a consistent policy for our passengers that delivers significant savings while they enjoy our premium service hospitality.”
Charges for checked baggage weights in excess of the new free allowance will be calculated depending on zone of travel with a fixed rate applied for every five kilograms of excess baggage weight.
The excess baggage rate for each block of five kilograms excess weight will be in the EUR (€) equivalent of Malaysian Ringgit (RM) 30.00, 60.00 and 90.00 respectively depending on zone of travel. This works out to approximately €7.20, €14.40, and €21.70 at prevailing exchange rates.
The EUR equivalent of RM30 applies for each sector in the zone within Malaysia and the ASEAN countries of Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.
For sectors in the zone beyond Malaysia and ASEAN, covering destinations in Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Japan and Korea, the EUR equivalent of RM60.00 applies.
The intercontinental rate of RM90 or its EUR equivalent will be charged on all travel between Malaysia and the cities of Jeddah, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and Istanbul.
For return travel from the international cities, the RM value of the applicable zone charge will be converted into the local currency of payment during check-in.
Earlier, effective May last year, Malaysia Airlines also streamlined cabin baggage rules for all its domestic and international flights. Guests travelling economy class were allowed one piece of cabin baggage up to a maximum of 7kg instead of 5kg. First and Business Class travellers were allowed two pieces of cabin baggage with a maximum weight of 7kg each.