Malaysia Airlines, SriLankan boost codeshare ties
Colombo, June 24, 2009
Malaysia Airlines and SriLankan Airlines have 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 Govt & Industry Relations, Germal Singh Khera, expressed delight at expanding 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," he noted.
SriLankan’s head of Worldwide Sales, 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,” Fazeel added.
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. 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.-TradeArabia News Service