Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways expand codeshare cooperation

Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways expand codeshare cooperation
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KUALA LUMPUR (May 17): Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways unveiled a roadmap outlining the next phase of their strategic partnership by expanding their codeshare cooperation, allowing passengers to travel and enjoy seamless connectivity via their leading hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Doha. 

The codeshare expansion, which adds 34 destinations to the existing 62 codeshare destinations, marks another milestone in the long-standing relationship between the two countries' national carriers and oneworld partners, according to a joint statement. 

“The agreement benefits travellers from across the globe who will have access to a much greater combined network and enjoy a seamless travel experience on both airlines with a single ticket including check-in, boarding and baggage-check processes, frequent flyer benefits and world-class lounge access for the entire journey,” the statement wrote. 

Customers flying on Malaysia Airlines’ new Kuala Lumpur to Doha service will have access to 62 codeshare destinations within Qatar Airways' broad network to the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America, starting May 25. 

Likewise, Qatar Airways customers travelling from Doha to Kuala Lumpur can seamlessly transfer to 34 Malaysia Airlines destinations including their entire domestic network and key markets in Asia, such as Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Ho Chi Minh City, subject to governmental approval.

“In linking both route networks, the partners are striving to develop Kuala Lumpur as a leading aviation hub in the Southeast Asia region connecting Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand with the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, and Africa. Furthermore, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways will leverage synergies across multiple business areas and develop innovative products to benefit their customers worldwide,” said the statement. 

Malaysia Airlines group chief executive officer Captain Izham Ismail said this strategic cooperation shows both carriers' commitment to offering an unrivalled range of value-added services to passengers and reflects the agility and resilience in facing the pandemic challenges. 

“This partnership is opportune in our efforts to boost air traffic and expedite recovery to pre-pandemic levels, while also enhancing our global brand visibility,” he added. 

Esther Lee