MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) will be flying into Macau's new international airport when it opens later this year. Hong Kong manager Christopher Yek said: 'We are looking at two flights a week in November, increasing to three a week from December onwards. 'The idea is to develop Macau as a new destination.' In a response to growing demands from tourists, MAS has also gone into partnership with Hong Kong-based Dragon Air on a new route to Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia's booming resort destination. The service complements an existing arrangement between the two to operate flights to Kota Kinabalu. MAS, which currently has 10 flights a week between Hong Kong and Peninsula Malaysia (eight to Kuala Lumpur and two to Penang), has added another three destinations to an extensive network stretching to 105 cities worldwide. The new routes are to Indonesia, Chiang Mai in northern Thailand and Cairns in Australia. Following a restructuring at MAS, recently announced results showed pre-tax profits had soared to M$148 million (about HK$454 million) from M$16.2 million the previous year. Expansion plans include flights to Canada. 'There is a strong possibility that we will be operating into Vancouver as well as Davao in the Philippines in November,' said Commercial Director Bashir Ahmad. The MAS financial performance extended further than an increase in profits. Passenger load capacity was up by 69.8 per cent. The results were achieved by optimising the use of aircraft and streamlining staff resources. The outlook for 1995 anticipates further growth with 'the company's renewed market-driven focus'. A strategic alliance has also been formed with Virgin Atlantic Airways. A 10-year agreement enables the two carriers to operate a double, daily scheduled service between Kuala Lumpur and London's Heathrow airport. This will increase the number of MAS flights to London from eight to 11 a week. The two airlines intend to extend the partnership to Australian destinations - competing against the alliance of British Airways and Qantas which, according to Virgin Chairman Richard Branson, has 'created a duopoly' between London and Australia'. Mr Branson believes the MAS agreement complements 'superbly' Virgin's existing services between Heathrow, Hong Kong and Tokyo.