Qatar Airways has partnered with Malaysia-based airline Malindo Air to offer passengers greater connectivity options.

Qatar Airways passengers are now able to tap into Malindo Air’s short-haul regional network, which currently encompasses 40 cities across 12 countries, including 13 major airports in Malaysia. Combined with fellow Oneworld member Malaysia Airlines’ own domestic network, the Gulf carrier now boasts a significant foothold in Malaysia.

Reciprocally, Malindo Air passengers travelling from cities such as Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru and Kuching are now able to book flights with Qatar Airways out of Kuala Lumpur. The Gulf carrier currently serves the Malaysian capital three-times daily and provides connections, via its base in Doha, to more than 100 onward destinations.

Thanks to a new bilateral agreement, passengers connecting from one carrier to the other will be able to book themselves under a single itinerary, and enjoy a consistent range of interline benefits including checked-through baggage and protection against delayed or cancelled flights.

“By partnering with carriers such as Malindo Air, Qatar Airways is able to expand its regional footprint and continue to drive passenger growth on our Malaysia route and within the ASEAN region,” said Qatar Airways’ chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

“We take pride in being a global connector and with the Malindo Air interline agreement, Malindo Air passengers will find it easier to travel to new leisure and business destinations in Qatar Airways’ expansive network whilst enjoying the high quality service we are known for.”

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Clement Huang