Both Emirates and Malaysia Airlines seem to be enjoying how their codeshare partnership is working so far, so the two companies have decided to expand it by adding 15 new Malaysian destinations and some extra benefits for frequent flyers.
The codeshare now covers the following cities in Malaysia, in addition to Kuala Lumpur: Alor Setar, Bintulu, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Kuching, Langkawi, Labuan, Miri, Penang, Sandakan, Sibu and Tawau.
As per the agreement between the two airlines, MAB flights on those destinations will have an Emirates’ flight number on them.
The Malaysia Airlines - Emirates codeshare alliance started with the Kuala Lumpur-Dubai service on 15th February this year and also saw MAB placing its code and flight numbers on Emirates’ flight between the two cities, including three Boeing 777 flights per day and one daily Airbus A380 service between KL and Dubai.
Executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Emirates, Thierry Antinori said about expanding the codeshare with Malaysia Airlines Berhad:
The codeshare with Malaysia Airlines will provide more seamless travel options for our passengers to visit 15 cities in Malaysia and elsewhere in the region with a convenient connection in Kuala Lumpur. Reciprocally, travellers from the region will also benefit from an expanded network including 90 destinations spanning Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. At the same time, they will be able to earn and redeem miles when flying on any Emirates and Malaysia Airlines-operated flights.
Finally, members of both Malaysia Airlines’ “Enrich” and Emirates’ “Skyward” frequent flyer programs will also have something to look forward to as they can earn and redeem their miles on domestic and international flights operated by both carriers.
Malaysia Airlines Recommissions B747-400
The Malaysian airline also today announced that it will recommission its Boeing 747-400 aircraft. In a statement, Malaysian Airlines said:
The newly liveried aircraft, bringing the spirit of Malaysia Airlines’ proud history to local communities, will be flying selected domestic destinations from April. The original livery features a retro logo, the Kelantan ‘wau bulan’ or moon kite in a red circle represents a controlled flight giving an impression of movement.
According to the Paul Simmons, Chief Commercial Officer at Malaysia Airlines, the “Queen of the Skies”, as this aircraft is named, will make its debut soon.