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Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines unveil an enhanced strategic partnership

Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines unveil the roadmap outlining the next phase of their strategic partnership, following Malaysia Airlines’ announcement to launch a nonstop service from Kuala Lumpur to Doha from May 25, 2022.

The two partners will significantly expand their codeshare cooperation, allowing passengers to travel the world and enjoy seamless connectivity via their leading hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Doha.

The codeshare expansion, which adds 34 destinations to the existing 62 codeshare destinations, marks another milestone in the long-standing relationship between the two countries’ national carriers and oneworld partners. The agreement benefits travellers from across the globe who will have access to a much greater combined network and enjoy a seamless travel experience on both airlines with a single ticket including check-in, boarding and baggage-check processes, frequent flyer benefits and world-class lounge access for the entire journey.

Starting on May 25, 2022, customers flying on Malaysia Airlines’ new Kuala Lumpur to Doha service will have access to 62 codeshare destinations within Qatar Airways’ broad network to the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America.  Likewise, Qatar Airways customers travelling from Doha to Kuala Lumpur can seamlessly transfer to 34 Malaysia Airlines’ destinations including their entire domestic network and key markets in Asia, such as Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Ho Chi Minh City, subject to governmental approval.

In linking both route networks, the partners are striving to develop Kuala Lumpur as a leading aviation hub in the Southeast Asia Region connecting Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand with the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, and Africa. Furthermore, Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines will leverage synergies across multiple business areas and develop innovative products to benefit their customers worldwide.

The enhanced cooperation will also include reciprocal loyalty benefits allowing Qatar Airways Privilege Club members to earn and redeem Avios points when flying on Malaysia Airlines, with similar benefits for Malaysia Airlines Enrich members when travelling on Qatar Airways’ services.  Privilege Club and Enrich members will also enjoy a wide range of other unique benefits, depending on tier status, such as complimentary lounge access, complimentary extra baggage allowance, priority check-in, priority boarding and priority baggage delivery on Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways.

Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways’ strategic partnership evolved progressively beginning 2001 and have significantly expanded the collaborative partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in February 2022 to leverage each other’s network strengths and provide robust access for passengers to travel to new destinations beyond their individual network, and ultimately lead Asia Pacific Travel.

Netherlands and Australia to sue Russia over Malaysia Airlines flight MH17


From the Associated Press:

“The Dutch and Australian governments have launched a legal case against Russia at the International Civil Aviation Organization seeking to hold Moscow accountable for its alleged role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

The case announced Monday in The Hague and Canberra is the latest bid to hold Russia legally responsible for the missile strike that brought down the passenger jet over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board.

An international investigation concluded that the Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur flight was shot down from territory held by separatist rebels using a Buk missile system that was driven into Ukraine from a Russian military base and then returned to the base. Moscow denies involvement.”

Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines sign MOU for a strategic cooperation

Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines Berhad today announced a new chapter in their long-standing relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The new agreement will further facilitate a strategic cooperation that will see both airlines working closely together across multiple areas of the business to offer an unrivaled and range of value-added services to passengers.

With the enhanced partnership, both airlines will leverage each other’s network strengths and provide more access for passengers to travel to new destinations beyond their individual networks while offering new and exclusive product to their customers soon. Qatar Airways’ passengers will gain better access to the wider domestic Malaysia market and key destinations in Asia such as Penang, Langkawi and Medan, Indonesia. Operated by Malaysia Airlines via its hub, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Passengers will enjoy seamless connectivity to popular destinations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas with Qatar Airways’ extensive network via Doha.

Building on the close links between Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines’ networks and rapid expansion of codeshare flights, the two oneworld partners have also agreed to maximize synergies in other areas of the business such as air cargo, operations or commercial services, that will create a game-changing innovative synergy for both carriers in leading the new travel demand ahead.

Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines launched their codeshare cooperation in 2004 and have significantly expanded the partnership in recent years, which today comprises of 62 codeshare destinations in Malaysia, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Europe, the Americas and Africa.

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ALC to lease 25 Boeing 737-8 MAX 8s to Malaysia Airlines

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) today announced long-term lease placements for 25 new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft with Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), parent company of Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB).

The aircraft are scheduled to deliver to the airline starting in early 2023 through the beginning of 2026 from ALC’s order book with Boeing.

In addition to these 25 Boeing aircraft, Malaysia Airlines currently has six Airbus A350-900 aircraft on long-term lease from ALC.

Malaysia Airlines resumes flights from Penang to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, will restart Firefly

Malaysia Airlines has announced it has recommenced  flights from Penang to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu beginning December 2021 to March 2022 as demand for domestic travels starts to show a positive trend following the relaxation of interstate travel ban and the upcoming year-end holidays.

These routes will soon be served by the airline’s sister company, Firefly from April 2022 onwards, resuming its jet operations based in Penang which was suspended since April 2021 due to prolonged movement control order that resulted in poor demand. This move complements the Malaysia Airlines in serving the leisure market while diversifying Firefly’s base connecting secondary cities in Malaysia to East Malaysia.

On December 2, the inaugural flight MH2721 from Penang arrived in Kuching International Airport at 9:55 am (above) and was welcomed with a water cannon salute, followed by cultural performances at the terminal. YB Dato’ Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Sarawak’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture and representatives from Malaysia Aviation Group, including Captain Nasaruddin A. Bakar, the Chief Operating Officer of MASwings handed out souvenirs to passengers upon disembarkation.

Group Chief Executive Officer, Captain Izham Ismail of Malaysia Aviation Group said,

“Malaysia Aviation Group plays a unique role in stimulating the travel and tourism industry. We are honored to recommence our flight operations connecting key domestic sectors namely Penang, Sabah and Sarawak.

Firefly will soon be resuming its jet operations to serve these key domestic sectors. This move is very timely as air travel gradually picks up domestically and we are ready to serve business or leisure travelers with the connectivity they need. With the resumption of Firefly’s jet operations, customers will enjoy a flexible service concept – with product unbundling to suit the leisure focused and price-sensitive customers, providing a more significant value proposition

With these direct flights from Penang to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, coupled with additional frequencies from Kuala Lumpur serving the routes, we are confident that this connectivity will reinvigorate domestic tourism for Malaysia’s largest secondary cities.”

The airline currently utilizes the Boeing 737-800 aircraft on both routes and operates four times weekly for Penang-Kota Kinabalu and two times weekly for Penang-Kuching routes.

Flights table below:



Routes Flight No Time Weekly Frequency
Penang to Kota Kinabalu MH2730 0910hrs – 1210hrs Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday
Kota Kinabalu to Penang MH2731 1310hrs – 1600hrs Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday
Penang to Kuching MH2721 0740hrs – 0955hrs Thursday
MH2723 1310hrs – 15255hrs Saturday
Kuching to Penang MH2722 1110hrs – 1315hrs Thursday
MH2724 1625hrs – 1830hrs Saturday


*The flight schedule above may change subject to customer demands and government regulations. T&Cs apply.



Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines expand their codeshare

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-323 9M-MTM (msn 1431) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 955890.

Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have announced that they will reactivate their codeshare arrangement between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and expand it to include 15 domestic points in Malaysia, seven destinations in Europe, and two cities in South Africa.

This follows the announcement that Malaysia and Singapore will launch a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) arrangement beginning November 29, 2021, providing customers with seamless journeys for their business or leisure travel.

The substantial expansion of the codeshare arrangements, within Malaysia and beyond the two countries, comes amid the gradual reopening of international borders and an increase in the demand for air travel.

Malaysia Airlines will deploy its Airbus A330 aircraft and operate daily return flights from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore between November 29 to December 31, 2021, and gradually increase to 35 weekly flights between January to March 2022, also utilizing its Boeing 737-800s.

SIA will operate 28 weekly flights from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur from November 29. Details of Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines flight schedules on the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route:

From November 29, 2021, Singapore Airlines customers will be able to progressively connect on Malaysia Airlines services out of Kuala Lumpur as the carrier adds 15 new codeshare destinations in Malaysia. These are Alor Setar, Bintulu, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Kuching, Labuan, Langkawi, Miri, Penang, Sandakan, Sibu, and Tawau.

From January 1, 2022, Malaysia Airlines customers will be able to connect on SIA’s flights from Singapore to seven points in Europe – Barcelona, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Moscow, Munich, Rome, and Zurich – as well as Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa.

Other points in the Singapore Airlines or Malaysia Airlines network will be progressively added to the codeshare arrangements.

This significant expansion of the codeshare arrangements is the first phase of a wide-ranging commercial agreement that Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines signed in 2019. Under this agreement, the airlines plan to undertake a joint business arrangement between Malaysia and Singapore, subject to regulatory approvals. This would allow the partners to coordinate flight schedules, offer joint fare products, align corporate programs, and explore tie-ups between the KrisFlyer and Enrich frequent flyer programs. Both carriers will also explore joint tourism marketing initiatives and multi-stop itineraries, which would enable customers to travel to more destinations in Malaysia through Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Top Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-323 9M-MTM (msn 1431) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 955890.

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Malaysia Airlines to sell its six Airbus A380s

Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380-841 9M-MNB (msn 081) LHR (SPA). Image: 935726.

Malaysia Airlines has made the decision to sell its six Airbus A380s.

Malaysia Airlines CEO Izham Ismail announced the decision with this short statement;

“We’re currently exploring ways of disposing the aircraft. We’re cognizant of the challenges of how to sell the aircraft but we’re exploring ways.”

Currently the aircraft are stored. The current market cannot support the large aircraft.

The airline recently flew its flagship seasonally on flights from its Kuala Lumpur hub and destinations such as Sydney, Melbourne, Seoul and Tokyo.

Previously it used the type to fly to London and Paris.

Previously the airline was unable to find any customers to buy the aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380-841 9M-MNB (msn 081) LHR (SPA). Image: 935726.

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Own a piece of Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines has made this announcement:

Malaysia Airlines fans can now enjoy the much-missed inflight cabin experience and get hold of its premium inflight products via the airline’s flagship e-retail store, Temptations. Exclusive signature items such as pyjamas set, amenity kit and duvet, that were only available to its premium passengers onboard are now available for sale with the convenience of delivery right to customers’ doorstep.

The airline’s exclusive Business Suite amenity kit which is made in partnership with London-based handcrafted luxury leather goods brand, Aspinal of London contains the impressive array of travel essentials such as PAYOT’s skin and body range which includes the Lip Balm and the luxe Hand and Body Lotion, specially designed to pamper customers throughout their journey. The iconic amenity kit is now available on sale for only RM99.

The dual-tone Business Class duvet, which is selling at RM110, is made from a blend of cotton and polyester featuring the airline’s iconic Wau Bulan, making it a perfect snuggle buddy as customers dream of their next travels with Malaysia Airlines. Meanwhile, the airline’s premium and comfortable limited-edition Business Suite Pyjamas Set is available for purchase from the convenience of your own home for only RM119. With your comfort in mind, the set comes with a zip-up top, pants, eye mask, as well as socks and slippers thoughtfully packed in a reusable tote bag.

Temptations, the airline’s flagship e-retail store, offers customers the flexibility to shop for their favourite MH merchandise and duty-free items conveniently at their fingertips right from the comfort of their homes. With the ease of delivery to all corners around the world, it makes it so convenient for anyone to get their hands of these highly sought-after exclusive merchandises.

Following the overwhelming response to Malaysia Airlines’ signature salted peanuts recently, this latest initiative offers customers a taste of the premium Malaysian Hospitality inflight experience especially to those who miss flying with the airline.

Group Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer of Malaysia Airlines Berhad, Lau Yin May, said, “We are delighted to offer our exclusive Malaysia Airlines’ Business Suite and Business Class merchandises online in the pursuit of bringing the Malaysian Hospitality experience closer to our customers. Everyone from all walks of life who miss flying with us will now have a chance to re-create their flying experience with our best cabin merchandises at home. Rest assured that these items are all new and ready stocks. We hope that by making these signature items available, our customers can reminisce their happy memories of flying with us as we look forward to welcoming them onboard for their Fly Malaysia experience again soon.”

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