Malaysia Airlines and SriLankan Airlines expand code share

23 Jun 2009

Updating their 10-year code-share partnership, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and SriLankan Airlines today signed an expanded agreement that makes air access to the Maldives easier for more travellers.

The new agreement enables MAS to codeshare on SriLankan’s flights to Male in the Maldives while the latter will gain access to Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Jakarta and Seoul through MAS.

The two airlines have code-shared on flights between Kuala Lumpur and Colombo since 1999.

The updated code-share agreement takes effect on Thursday, June 25. Tickets for some of the destinations are already available in the market.

“This will provide our customer with easy access to the Maldives, a favourite destination among high-end travellers from Europe and Asia, while enabling us to further enhance our loads to the major cities in North America, Asia and Australia,” said Germal Singh, MAS general manager for government and industry relations, adding that Kuala Lumpur’s position as a key gateway for travellers will also be strengthened.

“We have no doubt this partnership will be of significant benefit to both airlines and our respective passengers,” Mohamed Fazeel, SriLankan Airlines head of worldwide sales, noted. “We are making a clear effort to strengthen our relationships with award-winning airlines in Asia, which is home to the finest airlines in the world.”

Meanwhile, in conjunction with Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair, MAS is offering a special all-inclusive fare of RM348 (US$98) from Kuala Lumpur to Colombo and RM718 (US$203) from Kuala Lumpur to Male between June 22 and July 5.

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Gigi Onag

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