LONDON – Malaysian flag carrier Malaysia Airlines is delighted to announce that it will add a second non-stop daily flight to Qatar’s capital Doha. The second daily flight will commence on the 10th of August, as a result of the increase in demand from passengers at both ends.
The additional daily service will leave the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur at 2:55 AM with MH164 and from Doha at 8:05 am with MH165. Whilst the existing daily flight using the code MH160 will depart Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 9:20, and the returning flight will be MH161 and leaving Doha at 1:30 am.
This will raise the carrier’s presence at Doha Hamad International Airport to 14 flight flights weekly. The two daily flights will be performed by the carrier’s medium to the long-haul workhouse, the A330-300.
The aircraft has 27 lie-flat business class seats, 16 seats in Economy with extra legroom, and 247 seats in Economy Class. The new second daily flight will soon be available for sale from 25th July, and the flights will also include Qatar Airways codeshare on both legs.
The new second service will allow Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways’ partnership to become stronger. It is already known that these two airlines are a member of the Oneworld Alliance, and it is useful for Malaysia Airlines at least to tag along Qatar Airways’ extensive route network.
This would also explain why Malaysia Airlines introduced a new second service to Doha, and is made possible by Doha’s position as a global hub and the close tie with Qatar Airways would feed passengers from elsewhere to Kuala Lumpur via Doha.
This partnership would enable passengers to travel to over 96 destinations under the code sharing scheme. Passengers of both Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines will enjoy the benefit of seamless connectivity between the two airlines through their hubs of Doha and Kuala Lumpur.
Customers of both airlines will be able to take advantage of Qatar Airways’ extensive route network to the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the US via the world’s best and favourite airport, Hamad International Airport.
While on the other hand, passengers may enjoy Malaysia Airlines, offering destinations across South East Asia, including Malaysia and Australia and New Zealand. This complements the two airlines perfectly.
Captain Izham Ismail Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines said with enthusiasm: “We are delighted to increase our frequency to Doha, after a successful launch of daily service in May.”
“We recognise the importance of collaborating with our partners such as Qatar Airways, more so with travel demand picking up steeply for this route following the easing of borders restrictions.”
“By doubling our services to Doha and codeshare flights on Qatar Airways, we will be able to extend our signature Malaysian Hospitality offerings to a broader customer base.”
“This latest addition of strategic collaboration with Qatar Airways will allow Malaysia Airlines to achieve passenger capacity of more than 70% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year. As a national airline, we will continuously play a significant role in facilitating safe travel through #FlyConfidently initiatives for passengers to travel with peace of mind.”
One of the world’s most influential individuals in the industry His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted with the rapid growth of our strategic alliance with Malaysia Airlines and welcome our partner’s decision to add a second daily non-stop flight to Doha, just a few weeks after the start of their operations between Kuala Lumpur and Doha.”
” This is an impressive example of how our partner airlines can instantly benefit from working with Qatar Airways, both in terms of our growing global route network and our unparalleled service in the air and on the ground at our award-winning airport, Hamad International Airport (HIA).”
“We are committed to further expanding our strategic cooperation with Malaysia Airlines and to jointly develop Kuala Lumpur International Airport, KLIA, as a leading hub in the South East Asia region in view of the strong rebound in global air travel demand.”
With this partnership being forged, both airlines will enjoy mutual benefits under the agreement. Malaysia Airlines, often struggling with profitability and marred with management and profitability issues, will surely benefit from the partnership with Qatar Airways, being a world-leading and very profitable carrier.
Malaysia Airlines made a good move on teaming up with Qatar Airways, as Malaysia Airlines has only 1 route to London Heathrow, flying double daily with their flagship A350-900. The partnership with Qatar will also enable the Malaysian carrier to expand its footprint across Europe without flying to them.
Since 2001, the two have worked together continuously. To have Malaysia Airlines flying twice daily to Doha is an important milestone worth celebrating after the signing of an MoU in early 2022.