Published: Saturday February 9, 2013 MYT 1:18:00 PM
Updated: Saturday February 9, 2013 MYT 4:10:40 PM
MAS adds 10kg to checked baggage allowance, excess charges reduced
PETALING JAYA: Effective Feb 14, national carrier Malaysia Airlines will be gifting its passengers with an additional 10kg free checked baggage allowance and reduced excess baggage charges for all classes.
These changes apply to all travel from this date irrespective of tickets issued earlier.
MAS said it was introducing these benefits on all its flights that used the weight system for checked baggage, and that it was not applicable for travel to and from Los Angeles where charges are based on the piece system.
MAS group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the revised checked baggage policy improved MAS' product position in the commercial aviation industry's “competitive landscape”.
“This is also in line with our business plan strategy of Winning Back Customers'. As travellers are becoming more discerning in selecting their air travel options, we have simplified the excess baggage rates to introduce a consistent policy for our passengers that delivers significant savings while they enjoy our premium service hospitality,” he said in a statement Saturday.
Under the new baggage guidelines, all adult and child passengers will enjoy 30, 40, and 50kg free baggage allowance for travel on economy, business and first class respectively.
Charges for checked baggage weights that exceed the new free allowance will be calculated depending on travel zone, with a fixed rate for every 5kg excess weight.
The excess rate for each 5kg excess block will be RM30, RM60 and RM90 respectively depending on zone of travel.
In Malaysia, the rate of RM30 applies for each sector in the zone within Malaysia and Asean countries.
The RM60 rate applies for sectors outside this zone, and covers destinations in India, China, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Australia.
The intercontinental rate of RM90 will be charged on all travel between Malaysia and the cities of Jeddah, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and Istanbul.