Malaysia Airlines embarks on new era with Emirates

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Malaysia Airlines will continue to operate the direct KL-London flights using its Airbus A380 aircraft (photo by masuti)
Malaysia Airlines will continue to operate the direct KL-London flights using its Airbus A380 aircraft (photo by masuti)

Malaysia Airlines has turned over a new page in its history with the launch of a major codeshare partnership with Emirates.

Through an extensive codeshare agreement, the Kuala Lumpur-based national carrier will utilise the Emirates network to expand its westbound passenger services to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.

Malaysia Airlines will codeshare on Emirates’ four daily flights between KL and Dubai, and then onwards more than 90 global destinations in Emirates’ network. These include 38 destinations in Europe, initially including Rome, Paris, Zurich, Geneva, Stockholm, Madrid and Barcelona. More destinations will be introduced gradually added over the next few weeks as regulatory approvals are obtained.

The agreement has already led to the suspension of Malaysia Airlines’ own KL-Dubai flights, but the airline has said it intends to retain its direct KL-London flights, which are operated using its fleet of Airbus A380s.

“The Malaysia Airlines and Emirates codeshare is an integral part of our future network plan as we focus on getting our customers connected globally,” said Malaysia Airlines’ chief commercial officer Paul Simmons.

“It will ensure seamless travel for our passengers, enabling strong connectivity to Malaysia Airlines’ network to Malaysia [and] Southeast Asia and the Emirates network to Europe, Middle East, Canada and Africa. We are pleased to launch the collaboration and we are confident that our customers will benefit from this agreement.”

Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president & chief commercial officer, commented; “The codeshare agreement in place with Malaysia Airlines will provide more options for travellers from Malaysia and Southeast Asia to explore over 90 destinations covering Europe, Middle East and Africa. Travelling from Malaysia to Europe has never been more convenient, with just a single stop in Dubai and seamless connections onwards to 39 European destinations.”

The Emirates partnership forms part of Malaysia Airlines’ turnaround programme, which is aimed at stemming the airline’s recent losses. The codeshare will allow the Malaysia Airlines to expand its long-haul network while reducing the costs associated with operating its own flights.

Malaysia Airlines passengers will be able to start purchasing the Emirates codeshare flights on 29 February 2016.
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