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Malaysia Airlines.(Asia/Pacific)(Brief Article)

Posting a remarkably healthy net profit for the financial year ended March 31 on a 7.6% revenue jump was a significant achievement given the sharp first-quarter contraction caused by SARS. For the current year, the carrier's network strategy is aimed at maximizing its opportunities in Asia by leasing four additional A330s for that region. Major focuses for growth are China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Indonesia and Vietnam.

India also is expected to be a growth area and services are planned to Trivandrum, Kochi and Ahmedabad this year. MAS is upgrading aircraft on Kuala Lumpur-Chennai services from 777s to 747-400s. …

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