Malaysia Airlines will be operating thrice weekly flights on the Kathmandu–Kuala Lumpur route from September 1, 2012. The airlines will be using Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 144 economy class seats and 16 business class seats. According to a press release issued by the airlines, as an introductory offer,the airlines is offering all-in return economy class promotional fares of only RM1200 for travel from Kuala Lumpur to Katmandu. Booking for these fares started from 9 July 2012 and ended on 16 July 2012, valid for travel from 1 September 2012 to 31 December 2012.
While national carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is the lone carrier plying on the Malaysian (Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur) route, competition is now heating up as three new airlines are about to join the fray. Budget carrier AirAsia, Malaysia’s flag carrier Malaysia Airlines and BB Airways are all planning to operate on Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur route. AirAsia has planned to launch flights on the route by the end of June, Malaysia Airlines from Sept 1st and BB Airways by Sept 13th. The Air Service Agreement (ASA) between Nepal and Malaysia allows Malaysian carriers to operate up to 21 flights a week.