Malaysia Airlines and Japan Airlines expand codeshare route

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines and Japan Airlines (JAL) have expanded their codeshare operations following Malaysia Airlines’ recent launch of new direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo, Haneda from August 14.

This decision reaffirmed the joint business partnership entered into by the two Oneworld Alliance members in July 2020, to better serve customers and facilitate trade between Malaysia and Japan.

From August 14, codeshare will be extended to the Kuala Lumpur-Haneda route with the introduction of JAL codeshare on Malaysia Airlines operated flights. Customers from Malaysia, Asean, Australasia and South Asia traveling with Malaysia Airlines to Haneda will be able to book and connect to more Japanese domestic destinations, including Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Okinawa and connect more to international destinations in North America.

Malaysia Airlines will operate flights between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) and Haneda Airport (HND) via MH36 (JL7097) departing KUL at 2:45 p.m. local time and MH37 (JL7096) departing HND at 00:25 a.m. local. The twice-weekly service will be provided by A330-300 aircraft, equipped with 290 seats, including 27 business class seats, 16 economy class seats with more legroom and 247 economy class seats.

Malaysia Airlines Group CEO Captain Izham Ismail said that as a flag carrier, this expansion signifies a strong relationship and cooperation between Oneworld Alliance partners, catalytic to pursue economic growth, support business and trade between the two countries and facilitate the resumption of capacities before the pandemic. levels.

“This critical new step in our joint business partnership with Japan Airlines will allow us to provide seamless connections to our customers, enhanced products and offers while establishing KUL as a leading hub in the South Asian region. -Is for travel within Malaysia and beyond.

“We welcome the Japanese government’s timely announcement to open its borders to international tourists from June under restricted conditions and look forward to a gradual easing of travel restrictions from time to time,” he said. .

Meanwhile, JAL Chairman Yuji Akasaka said that as one of Asia’s busiest airports, Haneda is not only conveniently located in the heart of Tokyo, but is also a gateway to entry to many domestic destinations in Japan and countries around the world.

“As we move towards a recovery in travel demand, we look forward to working closely with Malaysia Airlines to welcome our passengers with our highest standards of hospitality,” he added.