Malaysia Airlines is pleased to announce that it is offering more seamless one-stop air connectivity between Kuala Lumpur and several major cities in the United States of America (USA) through a code-share arrangement with American Airlines, one of its partner airlines in the a fellow oneworld alliance member. All codeshare services will be marketed as Malaysia Airlines flights thus simplifying ticketing to one document issued by the national carrier.
The national carrier had announced codeshares with American Airlines in March 2013 which allowed 136 weekly options to and from five American cities through European stations. Other connections on AA and MH network will be enabled progressively in 2013/2014.
The 2nd phase codeshare enables customers in Malaysia and the USA to book direct with Malaysia Airlines and take advantage of the connection options between Kuala Lumpur and the US Cities of Atlanta, Boston, Washington, Houston, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas and San Diego via the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Miami gateways.
The codeshare will also be extended to Singapore and Bangkok via the Kuala Lumpur gateway. This will at once give an opportunity for our guests in USA to travel to other parts of ASEAN with a seamless connection.
Commenting on the arrangement, Group Chief Executive Officer, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said, “This codeshare will provide an excellent opportunity to expand our US network without having to mount our own flights to the various cities there. It also gives the US customers more options to choose from to travel to Malaysia, Singapore and Bangkok and is also expected to greatly contribute towards increased tourist arrivals into Malaysia.”
“As one of the most affordable tourist destinations in the Asia Pacific region, we are confident that more tourists from other parts of the US will use this codeshare and visit Malaysia. We are also very proud to offer our signature product, the A380 for the great travel experience of our American customers. For example, if they choose to fly from New York to Kuala Lumpur via London or Paris, they will experience the comfort of our 5 star product,” he added.
This codeshare cooperation is part of the strategy of the Malaysian national carrier to develop commercial cooperation with oneworld alliance members. It is also part of the national carrier’s initiative towards enhancing air connectivity with key priority markets overseas for increased tourist arrivals into Malaysia as required by the government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
Customers can book their travel on Malaysia Airlines through all distribution channels mainly www.malaysiaairlines.com, Malaysia Airlines 24 hours toll free numbers.