After a hiatus of 14 years, British Airways is back! Since the days of the Empire, London has been many a Malaysian’s favourite port of call. Whether for business, leisure or education, the demand for flights to London is constant. The reverse is also true, with British-Malaysian businesses prospering and tourists to Malaysia on the increase. British Airways has thus stepped in to give the traveller another great option with daily non-stop flights between Kuala Lumpur International Airport
and London Heathrow.
British Airways’ inaugural flight to Malaysia arrived from Heathrow Terminal 5 at KLIA at 2:35pm on 28 May. The non-stop route is served by the long-range Boeing 777-200ER aircraft offering passengers a choice of four cabins – First and Club World business cabin featuring award-winning flat beds, World Traveller Plus premium economy and World Traveller economy cabin. There are 12 seats in First, 48 in Club World, 32 in World Traveller Plus and a further 127 in World Traveller.
To celebrate this auspicious start, Hollywood actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, world-renowned Malaysian fashion designer Datuk Jimmy Choo and British supermodel Georgia May Jagger added glitz and glamour to the launch of British Airways’ flights to Malaysia with a Cinderella-inspired photoshoot in Kuala Lumpur.
With the iconic Petronas Twin Towers serving as a stunning backdrop, Yeoh and Jagger dazzled while seated in British Airways’ Club World business cabin seats, as Choo slipped on a glass shoe specially designed for the occasion.
Choo said: “It is such a pleasure to support British Airways as they begin services to Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia has so much to offer those looking for new business and investment opportunities, or a memorable holiday destination for a few weeks. Beyond the action and nightlife of Kuala Lumpur, my hometown of Georgetown in Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a marvellous place and one that I highly recommend that tourists visit.”
From left: Designer Jimmy Choo, supermodel Georgia May Jagger and actress Michelle Yeoh pose with a British Airways’ Club World seat in front of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. © Nicky Loh
“Malaysia is the place I call home so I think it’s tremendous British Airways have launched a new route linking London and Kuala Lumpur. There’s so much to see and do here, be it visiting the historic monuments dotted around the city, tasting the mouth-watering delicacies served at our famous street food markets or wandering one of the many art galleries. I was born to the north in the city of Ipoh and it’s just one of the many inspiring places visitors can explore within easy reach during their stay,” Yeoh agreed.
Jagger added: “I’ve really enjoyed my time in Malaysia. The people are so welcoming and the food is amazing. I’ve been trying the local speciality dishes. It has also been an incredible experience working with Datuk Jimmy Choo on this one-of-a-kind photoshoot for British Airways. Being made to feel like Cinderella was a truly magical moment – after all, British Airways knows how to treat its customers.”
To celebrate the inauguration, British Airways is offering special fares to London, the UK and Europe from Kuala Lumpur starting from just RM3,088 for travel between 28 May and 30 November. The fares are valid for booking until 16 June.
For more information on British Airways, visit ba.com