Malaysia Airlines restores check-in baggage allowance

Malaysia Airlines restores check-in baggage allowance

PETALING JAYA - Malaysia Airlines has lifted its check-in luggage restriction on all flights, including Amsterdam, London and Paris.

"Normal baggage allowance has also been restored. Passengers are able to check in two pieces of luggage of up to 30kg for economy class, 40kg for business class and 50kg for first class," it said in a statement yesterday.

It was reported that MAS had imposed a temporary ban on check-in luggage on its A380 aircraft on routes to Europe.

The airline had said that passengers wishing to check in their luggage could do so but would have their baggage delivered later.

The statement yesterday said the temporary ban was due to the "longer route over Egypt airspace and unseasonably strong head winds" which limited the airline's ability to carry baggage and cargo.

It said head winds over the last four days were in excess of 200 knots, which would increase fuel burn on its aircraft by 15 per cent.

A flight instructor with more than 3,000 hours flying experience on the A380 aircraft could not see the rationale.

He said that an A380 aircraft had a maximum fuel capacity of 252 tonnes, while the average sector fuel for a flight to Europe was 165 tonnes.

"There would be more than enough fuel plus reserve to fly to Europe regardless of the wind or routing used," he said.

"There is always an option to make a technical stop mid-way or three-quarter-way to refuel and a crew change," said the instructor, who declined to be named.

"Malaysia Airlines maintains that safety is of utmost priority and it will not hesitate to adjust its flight path based on its daily risk assessment," the statement added.

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