Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysia Airlines has been inducted into the oneworld alliance, strengthening the alliance’s connectivity between key business cities in Asia and other parts of the world.
From January 31, customers of other oneworld member airlines can earn and redeem frequent-flyer program miles when traveling on Malaysia Airlines.
According to oneworld, Malaysia Airlines, which serves more than 60 destinations in almost 30 countries, will substantially expand the alliance’s network in Southeast Asia, which is seeing rapid economic expansion.
To mark Malaysia Airlines’ inauguration into the oneworld alliance, members of American Airlines’ AAdvantage program can earn double miles every time they fly an eligible fare on Malaysia Airlines between February 15 and April 15. To participate in the AAdvantage double miles promotion, members need to register prior to travel using promotion code MHDBL.
Customers can register and obtain complete offer terms and conditions at www.AA.com/Offers. Customers who are not yet AAdvantage members can enroll for free at AA.com/Enroll.
In addition, American Airlines and Malaysia Airlines have signed an agreement to codeshare on each other’s flights in order to deepen the two airlines’ relationship and provide new growth opportunities for both American and Malaysia Airlines in Southeast Asia and the United States, respectively.
Following government approvals, the new codeshare agreement should offer customers more seamless choices by allowing the two airlines to work together to improve flight schedules and connection times, according to American Airlines.
American’s codeshare agreement with Malaysia Airlines will include the U.S. carrier placing its ‘AA’ flight code on non-stop flights between Malaysia’s hub in Kuala Lumpur and its Southeast Asia destinations, as well as flights to the carrier’s European gateways such as Paris and London.
Customers can begin booking travel on Malaysia Airlines-American Airlines codeshare flights from February 24 for travel beginning March 1, 2013.
With the launch of this new codeshare agreement, American will have partnerships with four of the six Skytrax 5-Star-rated airlines: Cathay Pacific Airways, Hainan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways.