Malaysia Airlines and SriLankan Airlines expand codeshare partnership

Wednesday, 24 June 2009 16:06

Malaysia Airlines and SriLankan Airlines today signed an agreement to enhance their longstanding codeshare partnership, signifying a strengthening of the close co-operation between the two Asian carriers. The agreement enables Malaysia Airlines to codeshare on SriLankan’s flights to Male in the Maldives while SriLankan Airlines will access Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Jakarta, and Seoul through Malaysia Airlines.

Malaysia Airlines General Manager, Government & Industry Relations, Mr Germal Singh said, “We are delighted to expand our partnership with SriLankan Airlines. This will provide our customers with easy access to the Maldives, a favourite destination among high end tourists from Europe and Asia, while enabling us to further enhance our loads to the major cities in North America, Asia and Australia. Kuala Lumpur’s position as a key gateway for travellers will also be strengthened.”

SriLankan’s Head of Worldwide Sales, Mr Mohamed Fazeel said, “SriLankan is making a clear effort to strengthen our relationships with award-winning airlines in Asia, which is home to the finest airlines in the world. Both Malaysian and SriLankan have a history of winning global accolades for service, and we have no doubt that this partnership will be of significant mutual benefit to both airlines, and most importantly to our respective passengers. The partnership gives SriLankan access to several markets in the Asia-Pacific, notably the US west coast and Australia.”

Members of the frequent flyer programmes of the two airlines, Malaysia Airlines’ Enrich and SriLankan FlySmiLes can also earn and redeem points on flights of either airline. The codeshare is effective from 25th June 2009. Tickets for some of the destinations are already available in the market.

The two airlines have been codesharing between Kuala Lumpur and Colombo since 1999. In conjunction with the Malaysia Airlines Travel Fair (MATF), Malaysia Airlines is offering a promotional all inclusive fare of RM348 from Kuala Lumpur to Colombo and RM718 from Kuala Lumpur to Male from 22nd June until 5th July 2009.

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