ANA, Malaysia agree on domestic codeshare

ANA and Malaysia Airlines have announced they will extend their code-sharing agreement to include domestic sectors within both countries, from December 1 this year. In the second expansion since they began code-sharing in March 2004 on flights between Malaysia and Japan, ANA will carry Malaysian Airlines’ flight code, MH, on journeys between Tokyo and *censored*uoka, and Tokyo and Nagoya, while Malaysia Airlines will carry the ANA flight code, NH, on journeys between Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysian destinations of Langkawi, Kuching, Penang and Kota Kinabalu.

“ANA passengers will have the convenience of travelling to even more destinations in Malaysia - including the ever popular resorts of Penang and Langkawi - using just ANA’s flight code and a single e-ticket.

With through baggage and on-line booking, it will make their journeys simpler and smoother. ” said Keisuke Okada, ANA’s executive vice president International Relations.

Malaysia Airlines Managing Director/CEO, Datuk Sri Idris Jala said “The further enhancement of this code share agreement strengthens our hub-and-spoke business strategy that allows our customers access to many destinations in Japan. As both carriers provide seamless passenger connections to more domestic destinations in Japan and Malaysia, we are optimistic that our load factor on the Malaysia-Japan return routes will further improve and contribute to our bottomline.

The strategy of developing hub-and-spoke is a crucial part of our Business Turnaround Plan. To date, we are seeing yield and load factor improvements on routes which we do hub-and-spoke,” he said.