Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will start a code-share agreement with Japan Airlines from July 1, covering up to 347 weekly flights of 51 sectors including the Malaysia – Japan trunk routes as well as selected domestic and international flights operated by both carriers.
MAS said in a statement that sales for the code-share commencestoday. It said the code share cooperation was part of MAS’ strategy to develop commercial cooperation with oneworld alliance members as it prepares towards becoming a full member of the alliance before the end ofthis year.
It is also part of the national carrier’s initiative to enhance air-connectivity with key priority markets overseas for increased tourist arrivals into Malaysia as required by the government’s Economic Transformation Programme.
“Japan Airlines is pleased to begin this code share arrangement with MAS as members of the alliance gear up to welcome it into the oneworld family.
“We are looking forward to strengthening JAL’s and oneworld’s Asian network with them, especially in South-East Asia, so as to provide customers with a more connected, comprehensive network and quality service in a region of growth,” Japan Airlines chair Masaru Onishi said.
MAS group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said: “MAS is excited to be able to partner with Japan Airlines in a code share that gives us an excellent opportunity to expand MAS’ reach without having to mount our own flights to cities in Japan and beyond in north Asia and the United States.”
“This code share is expected to greatly contribute towards increased tourist arrivals into Malaysia. As one of the most affordable tourist destinations in the Asia-Pacific region, we are confident that more tourists from other parts of Japan will take the opportunity to use this code share and visit Malaysia,” he said.