Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Malaysia Airlines
Berhad (MAB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed
at significantly stepping up co-operative ties.
Under the terms of the MOU, the two airline
groups will explore a wide-ranging strategic partnership to build
on their existing codeshare agreement that covers flights between
Singapore and Malaysia.
Enhanced ties could include a significant
expansion of codeshare flights beyond Singapore-Malaysia routes,
as well as enhancements on the frequent flyer programme front.
Other potential co-operation could involve cargo as well as
agreement is intended to be finalised in the coming months and
will also include SIA subsidiaries SilkAir and Scoot, as well as
Firefly, the sister airline of MAB.
SIA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Goh Choon
Phong, said, “SIA and MAB operate in a region with a rapidly
growing air travel market, presenting significant growth
opportunities for both carriers. Both airlines have extensive
operations within ASEAN, as well as large networks that cover many
other parts of the world. We are proud to announce this MOU to
expand the scope of our cooperation, increase global connectivity
for Malaysia and Singapore, and enhance our service offerings for
Any changes to the existing partnership will be
subject to obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals.
Malaysia Airlines’ Group Chief Executive
Officer, Captain Izham Ismail, said, “Malaysia Airlines has always
historically had strong commercial and cultural links with
Singapore Airlines. My team and I are extremely pleased to be able
to build on that close relationship even further, this time across
many areas of both airlines’ ecosystems. The agreement will also,
for the first time, involve all five airlines in total including
subsidiaries Firefly, SilkAir and Scoot. Via this partnership, we
look forward to adding more value to the customer proposition.”
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