Malaysia Airlines and Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERLSB signed a `Check-in and Baggage Handling Services Agreement` last Friday, for air travel passengers commencing their journey on ERLSB`s services from KL City Air Terminal (KL CAT) in KL Sentral to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
Malaysia Airlines was represented by its Managing Director, Dato` Md Nor Yusof whilst ERLSB was represented by its Executive Chairman, Dato` Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, at the signing ceremony held in KL CAT today. This initial agreement takes effect from 14 April 2002 for a period of two years.
Under the agreement, ERLSB will engage Malaysia Airlines` expertise for Check-in services at KL CAT and in return Malaysia Airlines will engage ERLSB for Baggage Handling Services at the same location. Both the check-in and baggage handling services will be available to passengers of Malaysia Airlines and its customer airlines who commence their journey to KLIA from KL CAT using the ERL.
For the purposes of check-in services, Malaysia Airlines will provide, install and maintain its own software on the latest equipment at 6 designated check-in counters at the KL CAT. ERLSB will reciprocate by providing and maintaining the Baggage handling facilities at KL CAT and on its ERL services to KLIA. This will operate until the delivery of the checked baggage into the in-feed conveyor of the KLIA Baggage Handling System (BHS).
The agreement is a result of a joint commitment by Malaysia Airlines and ERLSB to support the Malaysian government`s aggressive efforts to promote KL City Air Terminal as an affordable and safe alternative for both locals and foreigners to commence their air travel out of KLIA from the city.
It also signals Malaysia`s entry into the league of the few countries around the world that have city check-in facilities and related mass rapid ground transfer links for passenger air travel.
Malaysia Airlines and ERLSB have initiated efforts to promote KL CAT and the ERL to both passengers and the public worldwide through their respective websites www.malaysia-airlines.com and www.MYerl.com.