Malaysia Airline
Malaysia Airlines or MAS is the proud national
airline of Malaysia, serving various international
and domestic destinations. It is one of only five
airlines to have been awarded a 5-star rating by Skytrax besides Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.

The airline started operations in 1947 with the
name Malayan Airways, during the formation of Malaysia. When Singapore separated form Malaysia in 1965, Malaysian Airways changed its name into Malaysia-Singapore Airlines.

Further political drifts between Malaysia and Singapore governments resulted in the airline company splitting into two separate entities, Malaysian Airlines System and Singapore Airlines. And in 1987, the name Malaysian Airlines System was rebranded and called Malaysia Airlines.

Malaysia Airlines currently flies to 60 international destinations in Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe, North America, Africa and South America plus 16 destinations within Malaysia. In cooperation with codeshare partner airlines, the airline serves a further 23 destinations worldwide. It was the first airline in Southeast Asia to fly to South Africa following the demise of apartheid and the only airline in the region that serves South America via its services to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In August 2006, the airlines lose its non-trunk domestic routes to AirAsia due to implementation of Domestic Rationalism Policy and it will operate only on 19 trunk routes within Malaysia. It operates 7 trunk routes between KL International Airport (KLIA) and Peninsular Malaysia cities, 6 trunk routes between KLIA and Sabah/Sarawak, and 6 trunk routes within Sabah and Sarawak. However, in July 2006, Malaysia Airlines will fly to 3 additional non-trunk routes increasing its
domestic routes to 22.

This airline also provided an air links between rural areas of East Malaysia and its urban centers
through Rural Air Services (RAS). Using the 19-seater Twin Otter aircraft, Malaysia Airlines
provided services to the airstrips in Bakalalan, Bario, Belaga, Kudat, Lawas, Limbang, Mukah, Long Akah, Long Banga, Long Lelang, Long Seridan, Marudi, Mulu and Tomanggong.

The loss making RAS was inherited by the airlines through the creation of Malaysian Airline System (MAS), from 1971 until 2006. The service is now operated by FlyAsianXpress (AirAsia sister company) but will soon be taken over by Firefly, a low cost airlines which is a wholly subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines in a just announcement by Malaysia transport ministry.

Sarong Kebaya is the official female uniform introduced on 1 March 1986. The bamboo weave pattern on the batik material design reflects the Malaysian culture. It appears in the background in subdued hues of the basic uniform color. Superimposed on the kelarai motif is a mixture of local flora such as the cempaka, jasmine and the leaves of the hibiscus. The geometric Sarawakian motif is used for the lapels of the baju, edges of sleeves and the sarong.

The colors of the batik were further enhanced later on to complement the color of the male cabin crew's new uniform. Female crew uniform are separated into different color code such as yellow flowers (In-flight Supervisors), pink flowers (Chief Stewardesses, Leading Stewardesses and Flight Stewardesses), magenta flowers (ground frontliners)

Male cabin crew wears Classic and Service Jackets. They are required to wear the classic jacket whenever they are outside the aircraft with some exceptions. However, onboard the aircraft, male cabin crews with the exception of male In-flight Supervisors are required to wear the service jacket. Dark shade Ottanio color jackets are for In-flight Supervisors, Chief Stewards, Leading Stewards and Flight Stewards where as light shade Ottanio color jackets are for male ground frontliners.

The Malaysia airline fleet includes Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200 and Airbus A330 aircraft mainly for medium to long haul international routes, while the Boeing 737-400 is often used for shorter international and domestic flights departed from KL International Airport, Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Penang International Airport and Kuching International Airport.

In 2003, Malaysia Airlines' parent company Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad (PMB) signed a deal for 6 Airbus A380-800 aircraft. The first A380-800 was to be delivered in early 2007 under a lease deal from its parent company Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad (PMB).

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