Malaysia Airlines has recently operated several
more repatriation flights to Egypt, Indonesia and New Zealand.
Flight MH8453 arrived from Cairo on Saturday, 11
April 2020 with 285 Malaysian students who had been doing
tertiary education in Egypt. The mission was made possible in
partnership with educational platform MedicMesir. Operated by an
Airbus A330-300 the flight marked Malaysia Airlines’ return to
Cairo International Airport, where the airline used to fly
commercial flights until 2006.
Additionally, following the travel ban instituted
by the Government of New Zealand from 20 March 2020, Malaysia
Airlines has been operating chartered rescue flights sponsored by
the Government of the Netherlands, from Auckland, New Zealand to
Kuala Lumpur to ferry Dutch nationals. Once in KLIA, passengers
board the repatriation flight operated by KLM back home to
Flight MH8496 from Auckland arrived at 21:40 on
Monday, 6 April 2020, carrying 277 Dutch nationals. It was
operated by an Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Subsequently, the airline
uplifted a further 253 Dutch nationals on 8 April 2020 and 277
more on 10 April 2020.
Malaysia Airlines also operated six special
flights to send Indonesian citizens home on 9 and 10 April 2020.
The airline operated 4 flights to Jakarta and 2 to Medan, using a
mix of Boeing 737-800 aircraft and Airbus A330-300 aircraft. A
total of 1,060 people were ferried on these flights, with two
immigration officers per flight bringing it to a total of 1,072
Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer,
Captain Izham Ismail, said, “We are glad to be of further
assistance to the Government of Netherlands and KLM, following our
rescue flights to Melbourne and Cebu last week. As the world
braces itself against COVID19, Malaysia Airlines is committed to
play our role to make sure families are reunited in this
challenging and uncertain time.”