Malaysia Airlines To Join Oneworld

Airline alliance Oneworld strengthened its position in Asia today with the announcement that Malaysia Airlines is to join as its first Southeast Asian member. The Kuala Lumpur-based flag carrier was unanimously nominated by the CEOs of the alliance’s member airlines and will complete a formal membership agreement soon, with flights as part of Oneworld expected to commence by late 2012.


From its hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Airlines is positioned to fill the void within Oneworld’s global network in Southeast Asia, expanding it to 950 destinations in 150 countries with its regional and domestic network. Its Enrich frequent flyer programme will also be linked to that of the grouping’s 14 other carriers, allowing passengers benefits including reward earning and redemption, as well as partner lounge access.


Similarly, frequent flyers of the established Oneworld member airlines will be able to enjoy reciprocal benefits when flying Malaysia Airlines. Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Royal Jordanian currently operate to Malaysia and bilateral links are planned with the grouping’s other established members to boost access and connectivity.


With the announcement, Oneworld will welcome 3 new members in 2012. Together with Malaysia Airlines, German carrier Air Berlin and India’s Kingfisher Airlines are expected to join the grouping.


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