Emirates and Batik Air strengthen codeshare cooperation

Emirates and Batik Air airline delegates.
Photo Credit: Emirates

Emirates and Batik Air Malaysia have recently announced the bolstering of a strategic codeshare agreement, offering more travel options to Southeast Asia.

This new partnership will offer Emirates passengers access to five domestic Malaysian cities and three regional destinations in Southeast Asia, all via the bustling Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)

Strengthening Connectivity

The official launch of this collaboration was graced by the presence of YB Tuan Anthony Loke, the Minister of Transport Malaysia, who underscored the immense opportunities this partnership presents to travelers worldwide.

He praised the partnership, emphasizing its potential to bolster Malaysia’s position as a prime gateway to the region and anticipates a surge in KLIA traffic.

This enhanced cooperation was introduced by key representatives from both airlines, including Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations (Far East), and Datuk Chandran Rama Muthy, Group Strategic Director of Batik Air.

Also in attendance were Anand Lakshminarayanan, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Revenue Optimization and Airline Partnerships, and Saeed Mubarak, Emirates’ Country Manager in Malaysia.


As part of this agreement, Emirates will now place its code on Batik Air-operated flights to several exciting destinations, including Penang, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi, Johor Bahru, Denpasar, Jakarta, and Singapore.

This collaboration offers passengers a seamless travel experience, as they can connect to these destinations using a single ticket and enjoy a convenient baggage policy.

A graphic showing tailplanes of Emirates and Batik Air aircraft back to back.
Image Credit: Emirates

Stopover Options

Emirates’ customers also have the added benefit of choosing to stop over in Kuala Lumpur before proceeding to their final destinations.

This flexibility allows travelers to explore the vibrant Malaysian capital while enjoying the excellent services provided by both airlines.

With this partnership, Emirates gains access to eight additional destinations operated by Batik Air via Kuala Lumpur for interline transfers.

This expansion further solidifies the airlines’ commitment to offering more choices and enhanced experiences for their passengers.

The Far East Network

Orhan Abbas, Senior Vice President of Emirates, highlighted the importance of the Malaysian market in their Far East network.

He expressed the airline’s enthusiasm for providing increased connectivity and more travel options to passengers looking to explore new and exciting destinations.

Through this partnership, Emirates is set to expand its network reach to more than 1,490 cities worldwide.

Datuk Chandran Rama Muthy, Group Strategic Director of Batik Air, underscored that this initiative not only amplifies Batik Air’s network connectivity but also provides Emirates’ travelers with the opportunity to explore captivating new destinations in Malaysia and South East Asia.

This strategic alliance reflects their shared commitment to excellence and is designed to offer flexibility and convenience to their valued passengers.

Emirates Presence in Malaysia

Emirates has a long-standing presence in Malaysia, dating back to 1996. The airline currently operates 21 weekly flights to Kuala Lumpur, using a mix of Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft, providing passengers with world-class products and services.

Emirates boasts a robust network, with 30 codeshare, 11 intermodal, and 118 interline partners. Notably, they have a well-established partnership with the Jakarta-based Lion Air Group and its subsidiaries, Batik Air Indonesia and Batik Air Malaysia.

About Batik Air

Celebrating a decade of operations, Batik Air is a dynamic Malaysia-based airline with its KLIA T1 hub.

The airline’s footprint stretches across a vast number of regions encompassing Australia and New Zealand, China, North Asia, ASEAN, Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.

Batik Air’s fleet of 36 aircraft comprises of (2) A330-300, (26) B737-8/800 NG and (8) ATR72-600s aircraft. The airline seamlessly manages a total of 800 weekly departures, across a growing network encompassing 54 destinations in 19 countries. 

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