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Malaysia Airlines and Turkish Airlines sign new codeshare agreement

2 Dec 2019 by Jackie Chen
Malaysia Airlines A350-900

Updated on December 6, 2019.

Malaysia Airlines and Turkish Airlines have signed a new codeshare agreement, extending their existing commercial cooperation – a bilateral interline agreement – which started in 2017.

Through this new codeshare agreement, Turkish Airlines will offer its customers new destinations in Malaysia and Australia as the marketing carrier on flights operated by Malaysia Airlines, while Malaysia Airlines will also be able to reach domestic destinations in Turkey.

Turkish Airlines will place its marketing code and flight number on Malaysia Airlines’ Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Auckland routes, as well as 12 domestic routes in Malaysia from Kuala Lumpur (Alor Setar, Kota Bharu, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Langkawi, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau, Kuching and Miri).

A spokesman from Malaysia Airlines confirmed to Business Traveller Asia-Pacific that the new codeshare routes are already available for booking from 17 October 2019.

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At the same time, Malaysia Airlines will place its marketing code and flight number on the trunk route between Kuala Lumpur and Istanbul, as well as the Ankara, Antalya, Izmir routes operated by Turkish Airlines.

“This codeshare will also allow for our passengers to travel to the major cities in Turkey, providing them with even more access for their travels,” said Izham Ismail, chief executive officer of Malaysia Airlines.

“This opens up the opportunity for more tourists to explore Malaysia, as one of the premier holiday destinations in the Asia Pacific region, and we look forward to extending our Malaysian Hospitality further with all who travel with us,” he added.

Also commenting on the news, Ahmet Bolat, Turkish Airlines’ chief investment and technology officer, said: “With this agreement we have signed today, we are also committed to providing our passengers with better connection options and taking the passenger experience to a much more comfortable dimension.”

Malaysia Airlines has also recently announced new codeshare agreements with Singapore Airlines and British Airways.

Turkish Airlines has also added new Asia-Pacific destinations to its network, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and Xian in China.

malaysiaairlines.com / turkishairlines.com

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