Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways Expand Codeshare Partnership
Expanded agreement provides increased connectivity for passengers of both airlines to 25 new cities
KLIA, 27 September 2018: Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways are pleased to announce the expansion of their codeshare partnership, allowing passengers to travel to more destinations in Malaysia, Qatar, Indonesia, Australia and the United States of America. Sale and travel under the expanded agreement commenced on 18 September 2018.
Qatar Airways Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific, Mr. Marwan Koleilat, said: “Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines have been codeshare partners since 2001. This latest enhancement opens up access to new gateways, making it easier for our global travellers to visit Malaysia and experience its warm hospitality and rich culture. We are delighted to strengthen codeshare partnership and our oneworld relationship with Malaysia Airlines through this latest expansion.”
Malaysia Airlines’ Chief Revenue Officer, Ignatius Ong said: “We are delighted to announce the codeshare expansion with Qatar Airways which further strengthens our relationship within the oneworld alliance. Through this codeshare, we will be able to offer additional destinations beyond Malaysia Airlines’ current network to our customers with seamless connectivity to nine major cities in North America.
“The codeshare is an important element towards Malaysia Airlines’ proposition of being the preferred way to fly to, from and around Malaysia as it seamlessly opens up new destinations to our customers whilst feeding tourists into Malaysia and ASEAN,” added Ignatius.
Under the new codeshare agreement, Qatar Airways code will be placed on 19 of Malaysia Airlines flights. Qatar Airways customers can now fly seamlessly on one booking reference to new Malaysian cities such as Kuantan, Kota Bharu, Miri and 10 other domestic cities in Malaysia. Besides seamless connectivity, passengers will also benefit from through baggage check-in and other benefits such as frequent flier miles accrual.
Malaysia Airlines passengers can also take advantage of Qatar Airways presence in the Americas, with the new codeshare extending to cities such as New York City, Miami, and Boston among others. Malaysia Airlines will place its MH code on 10 new destinations served by Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways currently offers a triple-daily direct service to Kuala Lumpur and a non-stop four-times-weekly flight to Penang.
The national carrier of the State of Qatar, Qatar Airways is one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines. Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 150 destinations worldwide. Earlier this year, Qatar Airways revealed a host of forthcoming global destinations in line with its expedited expansion plans, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Da Nang, Vietnam and Mombasa, Kenya.
The award-winning airline has received a number of accolades recently, including ‘Airline of the Year’ by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, held at the Paris Air Show. This was the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition as the world’s best airline. In addition, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony in 2018, including ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’.