Malaysia joins oneworld

It has been announce that Malaysia Airlines is to join the oneworld alliance after being unanimously elected a oneworld member designate by the Chief Executives of the alliance’s member airlines, adding one of aviation’s most frequent award winners to the world’s leading quality airline alliance.

Malaysia Airlines started with the incorporation of Malayan Airways Limited (MAL) on 12 October 1937. It launched operations on 2 April 1947 with its first commercial flight as the national airline and turned into an international airline in less than a decade.

Today, Malaysia Airlines and its subsidiaries employ 20,000 staff, flying around 45,000 passengers daily, serving almost 100 destinations globally in more than 30 countries across Asia, Australasia, Europe, Africa and North and South America, including oneworld hubs in Buenos Aires, Delhi, Hong Kong, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Sydney and Tokyo Haneda and Narita.
It carried 15.7 million passengers in 2010.

As it prepares for its alliance membership, Malaysia Airlines intends to develop bilateral links with a number of oneworld’s established partners, who include some of the biggest and best names in the airline industry. It already code-shares with oneworld partners Cathay Pacific and Royal Jordanian.

When it becomes part of oneworld, its customers will gain access to the alliance’s truly global network. It will expand oneworld’s global coverage to almost 950 destinations in 150 countries, served by a combined fleet of more than 2,600 aircraft operating some 10,000 flights a day and carrying 358 million passengers a year.

oneworld brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Mexicana, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines, and around 20 affiliates including American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru.

oneworld enables its members to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. These include a broader route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points across the combined oneworld network and more airport lounges. oneworld also offers more alliance fares than any of its competitors.

Three established oneworld member airlines currently serve Malaysia, with Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Royal Jordanian flying to Kuala Lumpur, and Cathay Pacific also to Penang and, through its Dragonair affiliate, Kota Kinabalu. Opportunities for expanding the alliance’s coverage of the country will be explored as Malaysia Airlines prepares to join.

When it becomes part of oneworld, members of Malaysia Airlines’  frequent flyer programme will be able to earn and redeem rewards on any of oneworld’s 14 other top-class carriers, with top tier members able to use any of the group’s 550 plus airport lounges, and its network will be covered by oneworld’s range of alliance fares.  At the same time, frequent flyer cardholders of oneworld’s established airlines will be able to earn and redeem rewards when flying on Malaysia Airlines.

oneworld is current holder of three of the four leading international awards for airline alliances – named the Best Airline Alliance by Global Traveler in its GT Tested Reader Survey 2010 Awards, World’s Best Alliance in the 2010 World Airline Awards and the World’s Leading Airline Alliance in the 2010 World Travel Awards, retaining that title for the eighth year running.

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