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Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines expand codeshare agreement

Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines have announced that they will expand codeshare agreement.

Expanded codeshare agreement

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Malaysia Airlines will reactivate their codeshare arrangement between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and expand it to include 15 domestic destinations in Malaysia, 7 destinations in Europe, and 2 cities in South Africa. This follows the announcement that Malaysia and Singapore will launch a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) starting 29th November 2021.

Starting 29th November 2021, Singapore Airlines’ passengers will be able to progressively connect on Malaysia Airlines services out of Kuala Lumpur as the airline adds 15 new codeshare destinations in Malaysia. These are:

  • Alor Setar
  • Bintulu
  • Johor Bahru
  • Kiya Kinabalu
  • Kuala Terengganu
  • Kuantan
  • Kuching
  • Labuan
  • Langkawi
  • Miri
  • Penang
  • Sandakan
  • Sibu
  • Tawau

And starting 1st January 2022, Malaysia Airlines’ passengers will be able to connect on SIA’s flights from Singapore to the following 7 destinations in Europe:

In addition to these, Malaysia Airlines’ passengers will also be able to connect to Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa.

The airlines states that other destinations in the Singapore Airlines or Malaysia Airlines network will be progressively added to the codeshare arrangements.

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Mr Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Airlines, said:

Partnerships with like-minded carriers are an integral part of Singapore Airlines’ strategy. The expanded cooperation between Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines coincides with the launch of Vaccinated Travel Lanes between Singapore and Malaysia, and will offer enhanced connectivity and greater convenience when customers travel to meet their loved ones or fly for business. It will also help to boost the tourism industries in both countries, as well as the wider Southeast Asia region. The partnership is a testament to the spirit of collaboration that underpins the strong and long-standing relationship between Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.

Mr Izham Ismail, Group Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Airlines, said:

Malaysia Airlines looks forward to the long-awaited Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, the first VTL for Malaysia. This is indeed very timely considering the upcoming festive season and year-end holidays where residents of both countries have traditionally spent their time either in Singapore or Malaysia. We look forward to more VTLs for Malaysia so we can safely revive travel globally. Our codeshare expansion with SIA to Europe and South Africa couldn’t happen at a better time and we are especially grateful for the synergy and warm relationship between the two airlines, that has made this partnership possible.

This significant expansion of the codeshare arrangements is the first phase of a wide-ranging commercial agreement that Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines signed in 2019. Under this agreement, the airlines plan to undertake a joint business arrangement between Malaysia and Singapore. This would allow the partners to coordinate flight schedules, offer joint fare products, align corporate programmes, and explore tie-ups between the KrisFlyer and Enrich frequent flyer programmes. Both carriers will also explore joint tourism marketing initiatives and multi-stop itineraries, which would enable customers to travel to more destinations in Malaysia through Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines recently unveiled its stunning new Boeing B737MAX cabin.

Featured image by Singapore Airlines and Wikimedia Commons

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