The cooperation between Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Qatar Airways is gaining momentum with a new step in the connectivity of the two carriers’ networks. Malaysia Airlines is launching a non-stop service between Kuala Lumpur and Doha from May 25. The result is a stronger network of connections and codeshare flights between the two partners. The expansion of air services between Qatar and Malaysia will enable passengers to travel worldwide and benefit from seamless connectivity via the two hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Doha.

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The code-share extension, which adds 34 destinations to the existing 62, marks another milestone in the relationship between the two countries’ flag carriers that began in 2001. The agreement gives travelers access to a much larger combined network with a simplified travel experience for passengers. A single ticket will include check-in, boarding and baggage screening processes, frequent flyer benefits and access to world-class lounges throughout the journey.

From May 25, 2022, customers traveling on the new Malaysia Airlines service from Kuala Lumpur to Doha will have access to 62 codeshare destinations within the Qatar Airways network to the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. MAS sharply reduced its intercontinental network in the early 2010s, flying only to London with its own aircraft in Europe.

Similarly, Qatar Airways customers traveling from Doha to Kuala Lumpur will be able to reach 34 Malaysia Airlines destinations, including its entire domestic network and major Asian markets such as Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City, subject to regulatory approval.

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By linking the two route networks, the partners aim to establish Kuala Lumpur as a leading aviation hub in the Southeast Asian region, connecting Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand to the Middle East, Europe, the Americas and Africa. In addition, Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines will leverage synergies in multiple business areas and develop innovative products for the benefit of their customers worldwide.

Greater service synergies

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker, said, “We share a deep and close bond with Malaysia Airlines and welcome their new non-stop service between Kuala Lumpur and Doha. Through this strategic partnership, we are committed to providing greater choice and connectivity to our customers around the world. A new optimism is emerging in the air travel industry and we expect a strong rebound in global demand. Through our dynamic partnership with Malaysia Airlines, we aim to provide a seamless service to our customers.negalé and a superior travel experience for our customers.”

Captain Izham Ismail, Group Managing Director of Malaysia Airlines, meanwhile explained that “as we enter the endemic phase of covid-19, this strategic cooperation reflects the agility and resilience of both our airlines to the challenges of the pandemic. This partnership is timely in our efforts to boost air traffic and accelerate recovery to pre-pandemic levels, while enhancing our brand visibility globally.”

The enhanced cooperation will also include reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, allowing Qatar Airways Privilege Club members to earn and redeem Avios points when traveling on Malaysia Airlines flights. Privilege Club and Enrich members will also enjoy a wide range of other unique benefits, depending on their status, such as complimentary lounge access, additional baggage allowance, priority check-in, priority boarding and priority baggage delivery on Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways.