British Airways predecessor first flew to Malaysia in 1933
British Airways has announced it will resume direct daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and London’s Heathrow Terminal 5 from 27 May 2015. The airline suspended services to Kuala Lumpur in 2001 as global travel slowed at that time.
BA first began flying to Malaysia back in 1933, operating under the name Imperial Airways and using an Armstrong Whitworth Atlanta. The flight left London Croydon Airport and made 22 stops before eventually reaching Alor Star (now Alor Setar) nine days later. That compares with 12 hours and 45 minutes for the new flight.
Another BA predecessor, BOAC, first started flying to Kuala Lumpur in 1956, using a Canadair Argonaut Coronet on the outbound route and a Lockheed Constellation Majestic on the return.
British Airways says it will be the only airline to offer premium economy seating between London and Kuala Lumpur when it re-launches the route in 2015. The daily service will be operated by a four-cabin Boeing 777-200ER.
[pictured: BA Boeing 777-200ER; photo courtesy British Airways]