Malaysia Airlines and Japan Airlines Begin Code Share
Subang, 11 June 2012: Malaysia Airlines (MH) and Japan Airlines (JAL) will commence a code share cooperation effective 1 July 2012 covering up to 347 weekly flights of 51 sectors including the – trunk routes as well as selected domestic and international flights operated by both carriers. Sales for this code-share commences on 12June 2012.
The code share agreement was formalized in Beijing, China today at the oneworld media briefing held in conjunction with the 2012 IATA AGM. Malaysia Airlines' Head of Commercial, Dr Hugh Dunleavy, represented the Group CEO to exchange aircraft models with Japan Airlines’ Chairman, Masaru Onishi, as a symbolic gesture of the code share between MH-JAL.
This code share cooperation is part of the strategy of the Malaysian national carrier to develop commercial cooperation with oneworld alliance members as it prepares towards becoming a full member of the alliance before the end of 2012. It is also part of the national carrier’s initiative towards enhancing air connectivity with key priority markets overseas for increased tourist arrivals into as required by the government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
“Japan Airlines is pleased to begin this code share arrangement with Malaysia Airlines as members of the alliance gear up to welcome it into the oneworld family,” said Mr Masaru Onishi. “We are looking forward to strengthening JAL’s and oneworld’s Asian network with them, especially in South East Asia, so as to provide customers with a more connected, comprehensive network and quality service in a region of growth.”
Commenting on the arrangement, Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said, “Malaysia Airlines is excited to be able to partner with JAL in a code share that gives us an excellent opportunity to expand Malaysia Airlines’ reach without having to mount our own flights to cities in Japan and beyond in North Asia and the US. This code share is expected to greatly contribute towards increased tourist arrivals into . As one of the most affordable tourist destinations in the Asia Pacific region, we are confident that more tourists from other parts of will take the opportunity to use this code share and visit .
This code share between Malaysia Airlines and JAL is also an important first step towards strengthening our relations with partner airlines in the oneworld alliance. We hope to enter more code share relationships with other oneworld partners progressively in the coming months. These efforts will also contribute towards greater connectivity options for our oneworld alliance partners.”
Malaysia Airlines Senior Vice President International Affairs, Germal Singh echoed Ahmad Jauhari's sentiments, saying “The code share between and will offer the travelling public in both countries more choice of flights. This would grow the volume of business and leisure market segments between and . The code share agreement will at once increase connectivity to key priority markets that will attract the higher yield segments. Apart from business tourists, can be promoted to JAL customers as a great family-getaway spot and a place where luxury is affordable.”
The code share on the Malaysia – Japan trunk route covers Malaysia Airlines’ 11 times weekly Kuala Lumpur – Tokyo return flights and the 6 times weekly Kuala Lumpur – Osaka return flights as well as Japan Airlines’ daily Tokyo-Kuala Lumpur return flights.
JAL’s domestic return daily flights covered in the code share agreement are Tokyo – Nagoya, Tokyo – Fukuoka and Tokyo – Sapporo while the MH operated daily domestic return flights included in this arrangement are Kuala Lumpur – Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur – Penang, Kuala Lumpur – Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur – Kuantan, and Kuala Lumpur – Kuching.
On the international front, daily return flights operated by JAL which will be code shared are Tokyo – Hong Kong, Tokyo – Seoul and Tokyo – Taipei. JAL flights between and the will also be included in this agreement for the benefit and delight of Malaysia Airlines customers. These include daily return routes like – Guam, and – as well as one-way flights from to , to and to.
JAL customers in return will benefit from this code share with MH on its South Asian return flights like Kuala Lumpur – Delhi and the daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and the cities of Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Colombo and Male.
Malaysia Airlines currently has code share arrangements with oneworld members Cathay Pacific Airways and Royal Jordanian Airlines. Discussions are on-going to expand the code share with these two airlines and other alliance airlines.
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