Emirates has significantly expanded its network in Malaysia following the expansion of its partnership with Malaysia Airlines.
The two carriers embarked on a new codeshare partnership in February this year, in a move that saw Emirates take over the Dubai-Kuala Lumpur route from Malaysia’s national carrier.
And under the latest phase of the deal, Emirates has now started codesharing on Malaysia Airlines’ flights connecting KL with 15 Malaysian destinations: Langkawi, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Miri, Bintulu, Sibu, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau, Labuan, Alor Setar, Kota Bharu, Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu.
Emirates’ flight code will be placed on Malaysia Airlines’ flights to and from these destinations, and frequent flyers will be able to earn points.
“The codeshare with Malaysia Airlines will provide more seamless travel options for our passengers to visit 15 cities in Malaysia and elsewhere in the region with a convenient connection in Kuala Lumpur,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president & chief commercial officer.
“Reciprocally, travellers from the region will also benefit from an expanded network including 90 destinations spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. At the same time, they will be able to earn and redeem miles when flying on any Emirates- and Malaysia Airlines-operated flights.”
While the latest phase of the codeshare partnership benefits Emirates, the deal is primarily aimed at driving Malaysia Airlines’ turnaround strategy. Using Emirates’ network, Malaysia Airlines will offer its passengers connections to 90 global destinations via Dubai, including 38 in Europe.
This will allow the loss-making national carrier to expand its route map without incurring the costs of operating its own long-haul flights. It will however, continue to fly direct to key European destinations such as London, using its fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft.
Malaysia Airlines has already suspended its own KL-Dubai service and is now codesharing on Emirates’ four daily services on the route.