Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines have agreed to
expand their codeshare agreement from 27 January 2020.
With 10 Qatar Airways destinations covered by the
airlines’ current codeshare cooperation, the expanded agreement
will allow Malaysia Airlines passengers to book travel to 20
additional Qatar Airways gateways in Europe, America, and Africa.
In turn, Qatar Airways passengers will benefit
from access to four new destinations in South East Asia.
They can now book travel on Malaysia Airlines’ flights to Sibu,
Malaysia; Alor Setar, Malaysia; Medan, Indonesia; and Surabaya,
Indonesia. This brings the total number of codeshare routes in
Malaysia Airlines’ network to 24.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
Akbar Al Baker, said, “Since 2001, both airlines
have witnessed the significant benefits codeshare cooperation have
brought, providing passengers with unrivalled service and seamless
connections. The expansion of codeshare cooperation between Qatar
Airways and Malaysia Airlines is a natural next step in the
strengthening of our partnership.”
Sales for selected new codeshare destinations
opened on Tuesday, with Malaysia Airlines customers
able to book travel on Qatar Airways flights from Doha to Vienna,
Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Munich, Athens, Rome, Oslo,
Barcelona, Madrid, Geneva, and Zurich. In turn, Qatar Airways
passengers can book Malaysia Airlines flights to Sibu,
Alor Setar, Medan, and Surabaya.
Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive, Mr. Izham
Ismail, said, “Malaysia Airlines is delighted to further develop
and grow our relationship with Qatar Airways with this codeshare
agreement. Through this cooperation, we will be able to provide
travel options for our outbound travelers as well as inviting more
travelers to experience the beauty Malaysia has to offer. We look
forward to sharing our Malaysian hospitality further and provide a
truly Malaysian experience for our passengers.”
Qatar Airways began flying to Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia in 2001, and now operates a triple daily service. Penang, Malaysia was
launched in February 2018, initially with thrice weekly flights
that increased to five weekly in October 2019. A five-time
weekly service to Langkawi, via Penang, was launched in October
In 2001, Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines announced their
first codeshare agreement, which was expanded in 2018, to provide
greater connectivity and new destinations to their passengers.