KLM, Malaysia Air expand codeshare

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) are further intensifying their codeshare cooperation.

From March 1, 2007, KLM passengers on flights between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur will be able to book under KLM flight numbers fot connecting domestic services operated by MAS between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Penang, Langkawi, and Kota Kinabalu.

The two airlines have worked successfully together since 1998 through a codeshare agreement for flights between the two convenient hubs of Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur. In addition, KLM passengers are also able to codeshare on MAS flights to and from Australia and New Zealand. In turn, Malaysia Airlines codeshares with KLM on European flights to and from Schiphol.

“We are very satisfied that we can continously intensify and extend our successful cooperation with Malaysian”, said KLM’s senior vice president Alliances, Mr. Hans de Roos. “Time and again we find new opportunities to let our customers and companies benefit from the KLM/MAS cooperation.”

Malaysia Airlines’ senior vice president Commercial, Mr. Dato Rashid Khan said: “This is an exciting development in our existing codeshare partnership with KLM. It is consistent with our Business Turnaround Plan. It is also timely as this arrangement with KLM is likely to boost tourist arrivals to Penang, Langkawi, and Kota Kinabalu for the Visit Malaysia Year 2007, as well as improve our load factors on these domestic routes.”

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Passengers also benefit from the cooperation between the two airlines in terms of frequent-flyer programs: KLM passengers are able to accrue and redeem Flying Blue miles on selected MAS operated codeshare flights.

Customers are also able to enjoy the convenience and modern transfer facilities at both KLM’s hub Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Malaysia Airlines’ hub Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
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