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Sarawak LaksaLaksa lovers will be in seventh heaven with a visit to Malaysia’s Sarawak state. You don’t have to be a fan of laksa to enjoy the surprises of the Sarawak region, but it might help as Sarawak laksa is one of the nation’s signature dishes and one of the most popular meals in the area.

Located on the island of Borneo, Sarawak is the largest state of Malaysia. The capital, Kuching, is the state’s largest city and commercial centre. Other cities include Sibu, Miri, and Bintulu. Sarawak is renowned for its food, friendly population, tropical rainforests and the culture of 27 ethnic groups speaking 45 dialects.

Sarawak has more than 37 National Parks with some of the world’s richest and most diverse ecosystems. The orangutan, proboscis monkey, hornbill, Rajah Brooke butterfly and Silverleaf monkey all call Sarawak home. Apart from Sarawak laksa, other regional dishes include Kolo Mee, dry noodles with pork and shallots. Midin is a jungle fern that is stir-fried with seafood or as a salad. Umai, sliced raw fish with onions, chilli and vinegar, plus dishes cooked in bamboo.

The Sarawak Tourism Board recently joined Malaysia Airlines for media and agent promotions in Sydney and Melbourne.

Voted Asia’s best airline at the 2022 World Travel Awards, the full-service Malaysia Airlines offers 38 flights per week from Australia and New Zealand to Kuala Lumpur, with flights gradually increasing to 54 by Christmas.

Malaysia Airlines A350-900

Malaysia Airlines A350-900

The Malaysian national carrier has introduced two new weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne from 8 December 2022 until 3 February 2023. This is in addition to its existing twice-daily flights.  The additional Melbourne flights are operated by the Airbus A350-900, with four seats in Business Suite, 35 in Business and 247 in Economy.

From 30 December 2022 until 3 February 2023, the airline will introduce one extra weekly flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney. This is in addition to its existing twice-daily flights, amounting to 15 flights weekly. The additional Sydney flights are operated by the Airbus A330-300, with 27 seats in Business and 261 seats in Economy and Airbus A330-200, with 19 seats in Business and 268 seats in Economy.

Additional flights are now open for booking in the Global Distribution System (GDS). They will enable passengers to connect seamlessly from Melbourne and Sydney to domestic Malaysia, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket, London, Delhi, Mumbai, Vietnam and more.

New Flight Information.

MH7040/MH7040 is scheduled to operate until 3 February 2023 as follows.

MH7041 THU, FRI 2300hrs 0955hrs + 1


MH7040 FRI, SAT 1145hrs 1700hrs

MH7031/MH7030 is scheduled to operate from 30 Dec 2022 until 3 Feb 2023.

MH7031 FRI 2235hrs 0955hrs + 1


MH7030 SAT 1140hrs 1715hrs




Written by John Savage