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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