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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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Reuters: Malaysia Airlines boss says will have to shut down if restructuring plan fails

From Reuters:

“Malaysia Airlines will have to shut down if its lessors decide not to back its latest restructuring plan, the chief executive of the airline’s parent group was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Read the full report.

CBC: Netherlands to sue Russia over downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Netherlands to sue Russia over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

From Wikipedia:

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down on July 17, 2014 while flying over eastern Ukraine. All 283 passengers and 15 crew were killed. Contact with the aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER, was lost when it was about 50 km (31 miles) from the Ukraine–Russia border, and wreckage of the aircraft fell near Hrabove in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, 40 km (25 miles) from the border. It was Malaysia Airlines’ second aircraft loss during 2014, after the disappearance of Flight 370 on March 8. The shoot-down occurred in the War in Donbass, during the Battle in Shakhtarsk Raion, in an area controlled by pro-Russian rebels. The Ukrainian Air Force had suffered losses from increasingly sophisticated air defense weaponry.

The responsibility for investigation was delegated to the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) and the Dutch-led joint investigation team (JIT), who concluded that the airliner was downed by a Buk surface-to-air missile launched from pro-Russian separatist-controlled territory in Ukraine. According to the JIT, the Buk that was used originated from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of the Russian Federation and had been transported from Russia on the day of the crash, fired from a field in a rebel-controlled area and returned to Russia afterwards. On the basis of the JIT’s conclusions, the governments of the Netherlands and Australia held Russia responsible for the deployment of the Buk installation and were pursuing legal routes as of May 2018. The Russian government denied involvement in the shooting down of the plane, and holds the Ukrainian government at fault for allowing civilian flights in a war zone. Immediately after contact with the aircraft was lost, the rebel militia in Donetsk claimed to have shot down a Ukrainian An-26 military transporter. When it became apparent that the wreckage that fell near Hrabove was from a civilian airliner, the separatists withdrew this claim and denied shooting down any aircraft.

The findings by the DSB and JIT are consistent with the earlier claims by American and German intelligence sources and claims by the Ukrainian government.

Flight MH 17 shot down, crashed in eastern Ukraine July 17, 2014, 298 killed

Above Copyright Photo: Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6 ER 9M-MRD (msn 28411) LAX (James Helbock). Image: 923794.

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Malaysia Airlines increases domestic and reinstates international connectivity

Malaysia Airlines has increased its domestic and international connectivity beginning June and July respectively, to facilitate essential travels locally and as other countries begin to lift border restrictions.

The airline will adjust its network capacity from time to time to ensure passenger demandsare met, prior to normalizing the schedule in October for both domestic and international destinations.

The resumption of services will allow families who have not been able to return to their loved ones due to travel restrictions in many parts of the world to reunite. Passengers are however, reminded to check entry and exit requirements before their journeys with travel restrictions remaining in place in most countries.

The frequency of domestic flights for June and July are as follows:

Flights Months Frequency
Kuala Lumpur – Alor Setar/Johor Bahru/Kota Bharu/Langkawi/Terengganu/
June and July 2 times weekly
Kuala Lumpur – Kuantan/Bintulu/Sibu June and July Once a week
Kuala Lumpur – Penang/Kuching June 3 times weekly
Kuala Lumpur – Kuching July 5 times weekly

Frequency of flights for international destinations are as follows:

Flights Months Frequency
Kuala Lumpur – Dhaka/Kathmandu/London/Osaka/Narita/
Incheon/Hong Kong/*Melbourne/**Sydney/
July 2 times weekly

*Kuala Lumpur – Melbourne (1 until 18 July)
**Kuala Lumpur- Sydney (1 until 5 July)

Kuala Lumpur – Chennai/Hyderabad/Mumbai/Bangalore/
Kochi/Sri Lanka/Taipei/Guangzhou/
July Once a week

*Kuala Lumpur – Sydney (6 until 31 July)
**Kuala Lumpur – Melbourne (19 until 31 July)

Kuala Lumpur – Manila July 3 times weekly
Kuala Lumpur – Jakarta/Bangkok July 4 times weekly
Kuala Lumpur – Singapore July 5 times weekly

Malaysia Airlines’ Group Chief Executive Officer, Captain Izham Ismail said, “We are pleased to announce the resumption of our services by increasing capacity to domestic and international routes and we look forward to welcoming our passengers back onboard. We shall continue to ensure their safety, health, as well as their comfort by introducing new initiatives aligned with international safety and health protocols, as part of our commitment to offer passengers peace of mind throughout their journey with us.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their continued support and confidence in Malaysia Airlines throughout these challenging times. Following the Malaysian Government’s recent announcement on interstate travel, we have also released a special video titled ‘Ready to fly and rediscover Malaysia’ which is available on Malaysia Airlines’ social media platforms. We hope that by showcasing unique and beautiful domestic attractions located across Malaysia, we can inspire local travellers to explore the beauty of our homeland and boost local tourism efforts.”

At the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, Malaysia Airlines has implemented various enhanced safety measures and protocols in coordination with health and airport authorities to ensure passengers’ health and wellbeing are taken care of. These measures include temperature checks, sanitization and disinfection of all properties and facilities, enforcement of social distancing, mandatory usage of face masks and installation of protective screen barriers at check-in counters and transfer desks at KL International Airport (KLIA). All Malaysia Airlines frontliners on ground and onboard are required to wear personal protective equipment and their health screened daily. Even upon arrival, passenger luggage will be sanitized.

These health and safety precautionary measures are also extended to the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounges which is planned to be re-opened on 1 July 2020.

At the same time, Malaysia Airlines passengers can continue to enjoy hours of inflight entertainment on their seatback screens, Wi-Fi connectivity and comfort amenities of hygienically packed pillows and blankets available on selected flights. Inflight dining has been modified to limit contact between cabin crew and passengers but are assured to be substantial for all cabin classes especially on long haul flights.

The airline also ensures all its aircraft are cleaned and disinfected before and after every flight, while lavatories will be kept clean during flight by cabin crew at regular intervals. Other inflight services such as reading material, inflight duty-free and retail will continue to be suspended for the time being.

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Video: MH370: The Untold Story

From Sky News Australia:

MH370: The Untold Story reveals shocking allegations and startling information about what actually happened during the disappearance of flight MH370, what the authorities both locally and in Malaysia really knew and exactly where experts believe the plane could be found.

Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines sign wide-ranging partnership agreement

The two airlines issued this statement:

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  •  Revenue sharing on flights between Singapore and Malaysia, subject to regulatory approval
  •  Significant expansion of regional and long-haul codeshare routes

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have signed a wide-ranging commercial agreement that will significantly strengthen the long-standing partnership between the two airline groups. Subject to regulatory approvals from the relevant competition authorities, the national carriers propose to share revenue on flights between Singapore and Malaysia, expand codeshare routes, and participate in joint marketing activities to develop tourism.

The new agreement also includes SIA’s subsidiaries SilkAir and Scoot, as well as Firefly, the sister airline of MAB. It follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding in June 2019, which aimed to provide new customer benefits as well as new business opportunities.

Flights between Singapore and Malaysia will operate under a joint business arrangement. MAB and SIA intend to coordinate flight schedules to provide customers with more flight choices and frequencies for passenger convenience. As part of the agreement, the two airline groups also plan to offer joint fare products, align corporate programmes to enhance the value proposition to customers, and explore tie-ups between their frequent-flyer programmes.

The two airline groups will also expand their codeshare arrangements to include more destinations on each other’s networks. Today, the airlines codeshare on flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Penang.

With the expansion, SIA and SilkAir plan to codeshare on MAB’s domestic flights and as such serve a total of 16 destinations1 in Malaysia.

In turn, MAB will progressively codeshare on flights between Singapore and Malaysia, Europe, South Africa and other destinations once necessary approvals are granted. This will be implemented in phases. It represents a significant expansion of the existing codeshare agreement and will provide MAB with more opportunities to expand connectivity to and from Malaysia.

In addition, MAB and SIA have agreed to work on joint marketing activities to boost long-haul tourism to Malaysia and Singapore. Both airlines will also explore the potential development of airpasses, which will enable customers travelling to Malaysia through the Kuala Lumpur and Singapore hubs more choices to visit other parts of the country such as Kuantan, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu on a single ticket. Travellers can expect a seamless experience of convenience and flexibility while enjoying multi-stop itineraries.

“We are very pleased to take our partnership with Malaysia Airlines to a new level. This will be a win-win for both our airline groups, and provide new benefits for our customers. In particular, the expanded scope of our partnership has the potential to provide a significant boost to the tourism industries in both Malaysia and Singapore, as well as the wider Southeast Asia region,” said SIA CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong.

MAB CEO, Captain Izham Ismail said, “We are honoured to collaborate alongside SIA in providing our customers a more competitive product between Malaysia and Singapore and the opportunity to travel to more global destinations. This is in line with Malaysia Airlines’ long-term business plan goal of engaging in deep partnerships to extend our reach and presence globally. This partnership is more than a conventional partnership and we believe in the mutual benefits for both airline groups and countries.”

Subject to regulatory approvals, the codeshare flights will be progressively made available for sale through the airlines’ respective booking channels in key markets around the world.




1Alor Setar, Bintulu, Johor Bahru, Kota Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Kuching, Labuan, Langkawi, Miri, Penang, Sandakan, Sibu, Tawau