LONDON – Malaysia Airlines and Japan Airlines extend their partnership by widening their codeshare operations.
Malaysian Airlines and Japan Airlines, will be extending their arms toward each other by allowing codeshare operations and inking interline agreements.
This announcement was made right after Malaysian airlines revealed it will be launching new direct flights from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo, Haneda, starting from 14th August 2022.
This new strategic alliance is no surprise as these two airlines are under the Oneworld alliance family. Nevertheless, this new codeshare partnership will be highly beneficial for passengers traveling to and from Malaysia and Japan.
This deal is a crucial parcel in the recovery process of aviation in both countries.
As of 14th August 2022, the codeshare will be extended between the newly flown Kuala – Lumpur to Haneda route, under Malaysia Airlines alongside the codesharing with JAL.
With these new codesharing flights, passengers may connect to other Japanese cities like Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sapporo, and Okinawa and connect further to international destinations within Canada and the United States.
The new Japanese operation will fly as MH38 and JL7097 departing Kuala Lumpur at 14:45 PM and the return flight from Kuala Lumpur to Haneda will be MH37 and JL7096 with a departure time from Haneda at 12:25 AM.
This route will be flown twice weekly and will be operated by Malaysia’s backbone fleet of A330-300.
Captain Izham Ismail, Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines, said, “As a national carrier, this expansion signifies a strong relationship and cooperation between the oneworld alliance partners, catalytic to further economic growth, supporting business and trade between the two countries and facilitating the capacity recovery to pre-pandemic levels.”
“This new critical step in our Joint Business partnership with Japan Airlines will allow us to provide seamless connections to our customers, and enhanced products and offerings while establishing KUL as a prominent hub in the Southeast Asia region for travel into Malaysia and beyond.”
Yuji Akasaka, President of Japan Airlines, said, “We are pleased to strengthen our Joint Business partnership with Malaysia Airlines through this new codeshare operation.”
“As one of the busiest airports in Asia, Haneda is not only conveniently located in the heart of Tokyo but is also a gateway to numerous domestic destinations in Japan and countries around the world.”
“As we head towards a recovery in travel demand, we look forward to working closely with Malaysia Airlines to welcome our passengers with our highest standards in hospitality.”
“We welcome the timely announcement by Japan’s government to open their borders to international tourists starting June on restricted conditions and looking forward to progressive travel restriction relaxation from time to time.”
This agreement is a win-win for both the airline and passengers alike.