Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways have expanded their codeshare partnership, allowing passengers to travel to more destinations in Malaysia, Qatar, Indonesia, Australia and the USA.
Qatar Airways senior vice president for Asia Pacific, 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.