Malaysia Airlines has been trying hard to re-organize its business after a series of mis-steps and incidents that has resulted in years of losses. Furthermore with the financial scandal revolving around the Malaysian government, the Malaysian Ringgit has dropped in value. This meant invoices in foreign currency have become more valuable in the overall.
This it seems that the airline based out of Kuala Lumpur is targeting other South-East Asian flyers, especially passengers who are flying out of cities like Jakarta (CGK), Bangkok (BKK), and Denpasar/Bali (DPS). The deal is for Business Class travel between these 3 departure points and maybe some other smaller cities out of South-East Asia to cities in North Asia and Oceania.
A sample search I found includes travel from Bangkok to Denpasar/Bali in Business Class for as low as $304. This is probably around $60 more than Economy class fares on Thai Air Asia. While the Thai Air Asia flight is direct, Malaysia Airlines require a layover in Kuala Lumpur, which is easy and comfortable enough for a transit.
Other great fare examples includes travelling from Jakarta to Siem Reap starting from $492. This would be a great opportunity to see Angkor Wat in style. These short distance intra-Asia routes seems to be handled by Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 737-800. That means larger style recliner seats with premium food and beverage included, so passengers does not get much extra but should get more in terms of miles for future redemptions and to achieve a higher status in oneworld. Lounge access would also be included, making those layovers to be quite comfortable in reality.
Should passengers want to try out a lie-flat seat, consider the longer distance fares like from Bangkok to Perth starting from $862, Jakarta to Sydney starting from $972 and Denpasar to Auckland starting from $1,091. For flights to Perth, Sydney and Auckland, Malaysia Airlines deploys the Airbus A330 which has been revamped to offer staggered lie-flat seats. I have not taken these flights before but I have taken Malaysia’s A330 with the angled flat-seat and they are comfortable enough for a 5-6 hour flight. I expect the lie-flat seat to be even better.
To summarize, here are a list of selected routings that I have found for travel in November, though they seem to be available earlier in Sep/Oct and all the way till early next year. Flyers keen on these fares should also try to mix-and-match the departure and arrival city to search for availabilities on Google Flights.
Bangkok to Denpasar/Bali starting from $304
Jakarta to Siem Reap starting from $492
Bangkok to Perth starting from $862
Jakarta to Sydney starting from $972
Denpasar to Auckland starting from $1,091