Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Japan Airlines (JAL) have announced a codeshare deal from July 1 onwards on domestic and international routes covering a total of 51 services between them.
Under the agreement, JAL’s “JL” code will appear on the MAS-operated Kuala Lumpur-Tokyo service, which is operated 11 times a week, and the six-weekly Kuala Lumpur-Osaka service. MAS’s “MH” code, meanwhile, will appear on JAL’s daily Tokyo-Kuala Lumpur service. The agreement will therefore offer passengers a total of 24 services per week between Kuala Lumpur and Japan’s two key hubs.
The codeshare also includes select JAL domestic services from Tokyo, including flights to Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo, and select MAS domestic services, including flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Langkawi, Kuantan and Kuching.
Furthermore, JAL’s flights from Tokyo to Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, Boston, Chicago, Guam, Honolulu and New York are included in the deal, as well as MAS’s flights from Kuala Lumpur to several Indian destinations, including Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.
This announcement comes ahead of MAS becoming an Oneworld member airline at the end of this year (see story here). A statement from the carrier said the codeshare deal “is part of the strategy of the Malaysian national carrier to develop commercial cooperation with Oneworld alliance members as it prepares towards becoming a full member.”
Frequent flyer members of the two programmes – Enrich Miles and JAL Mileage Bank – will be able to earn and redeem miles on codeshare flights.