The FINANCIAL — Malaysia Airlines marked the start of its codeshare agreement with Emirates last week, with both carriers placing its codes on the Kuala Lumpur-Dubai route, as well as other routes under the codeshare agreement.
The service to Dubai will be operated three times a day on the Boeing 777 and once a day on the Airbus 380, , according to Malaysia Airlines.
The agreement, which was announced early December 2015, is one of Malaysia Airlines’ largest codeshare agreements and opens up a host of new destinations for customers by providing unprecedented access to Emirates’ network and Emirates access to Malaysia Airlines’ network in Malaysia, South East Asia and Asia Pacific. For Malaysia Airlines’ customers, this will include over 30 South American and European destinations including Rome, Paris, Zurich, Geneva, Stockholm, Madrid, Barcelona and others, which will be introduced progressively over the next few weeks as regulatory approvals are obtained.
According to Malaysia Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer Paul Simmons, “The Malaysia Airlines and Emirates codeshare is an integral part of our future network plan as we focus on getting our customers connected globally. It will ensure seamless travel for our passengers, enabling strong connectivity to Malaysia Airlines’ network to Malaysia / South East 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, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates, said “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.”
“At the same time, the agreement will offer travellers from across Emirates’ global network convenient access into Malaysia and to a number of destinations within Malaysia Airlines’ extensive Asia Pacific network. In addition to seamless connectivity to an extensive combined destination network, customers will also enjoy greater benefits and combined rewards that come with our loyalty programmes. Malaysia is a key market for Emirates and the agreement reiterates our commitment to its growth and also our support of the tourism industry as we celebrate 20 years operating in this country.”