Malaysia Airlines and IndiGo Announce Codeshare Partnership

A Malaysia Airlines A330 takes off.
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Malaysia Airlines and IndiGo, India’s leading carrier, have joined forces to enhance travel options for passengers flying between Malaysia and India.

The airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing a codeshare partnership and mutual cooperation agreement.

Malaysia Airlines-IndiGo MoU

This collaboration will benefit customers of both airlines. Malaysia Airlines will leverage IndiGo’s network to expand its reach within India, acting as the marketing carrier on IndiGo-operated flights.

Conversely, IndiGo passengers will gain access to a wider selection of Southeast Asian destinations through Malaysia Airlines’ extensive network.

This reciprocal arrangement ensures seamless connections and integrated travel itineraries for a smoother travel experience.

In recent times, Malaysia has been working to attract more tourists from India. It remains is a popular destination for Indian tourists due to its beautiful beaches, rainforests, and historical sites.

However, the number of tourists from India has declined in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malaysia is hopeful that the new codeshare agreement between Malaysia Airlines and IndiGo will help to increase the number of Indian tourists visiting Malaysia.

An IndiGo Airbus A321 climbs after takeoff.
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Stakeholder Comments


Pieter Elbers, Chief Executive Officer of IndiGo, expressed his delight about the partnership. He highlighted the agreement’s potential to improve travel experiences. In addition it will enhance international trade opportunities by facilitating better accessibility.

This codeshare aligns with IndiGo’s vision of providing an unparalleled network while upholding their commitment to on-time, affordable, and hassle-free travel.

Malaysia Airlines

Datuk Captain Izham Ismail, Group Managing Director of Malaysia Aviation Group, emphasized the significance of India as Malaysia Airlines’ largest international market.

He expressed his enthusiasm about the MoU with IndiGo, which allows them to expand beyond their existing nine hubs in India.

This collaboration underscores their dedication to offering diverse travel options and flexibility to this growing aviation market, with a primary focus on enhancing the customer journey.

He further emphasized their commitment to fostering cultural exchange and making travel more accessible for both airlines’ passengers.

Malaysia Airlines is renowned for its “inimitable Malaysian Hospitality,” ensuring a warm and welcoming experience for all travelers.

A Malaysia Airlines A330 takes off.
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Current Network Presence

  • Malaysia Airlines currently operates 71 weekly flights to nine key destinations in India. This includes New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, and Trivandrum.

About IndiGo

IndiGo, one of the world’s fastest-growing low-cost carriers, prioritizes affordable fares, on-time flights, and a courteous travel experience across its vast network.

With a fleet exceeding 350 aircraft, IndiGo operates around 2,000 daily flights. It connects passengers to over 85 domestic destinations and 30+ international destinations.

About Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, offers premium and full-service experiences, positioning itself as the ideal choice for flying to, from, and around Malaysia.

They transport up to 40,000 passengers daily, creating memorable journeys inspired by Malaysia’s rich cultural tapestry.

As the nation’s flag carrier, they embody Malaysia’s diverse traditions, cultures, and cuisines through their signature “inimitable Malaysian Hospitality” at every customer touchpoint.

Since 2015, Malaysia Airlines Berhad has owned and operated the airline, which is part of the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG).

Through its alliance with oneworld®, Malaysia Airlines offers superior connectivity to more than 900 destinations across 170 territories worldwide.

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