Finnair and Malaysia Airlines begin codeshare agreement

Finnair and Malaysia Airlines have established new code shares, increasing access to the airlines’ respective hubs in Helsinki and Kuala Lumpur.

Through the new arrangement, effective on Nov 20, selected Malaysia Airlines services between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong will carry the Finnair flight code. Likewise, Malaysia Airlines’ flight code will be used on selected Finnair services between Helsinki and London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

“Finnair is very pleased to offer our customers flying to Southeast Asia extended reach to Kuala Lumpur, the cultural and economic heart of Malaysia and a fast-growing and prosperous metropolis,” says Hannu Sundberg, Finnair Vice President, Commercial Partnerships.

The arrangement with Finnair is part of Malaysia Airlines’ strategy to develop commercial cooperation with oneworld alliance members as it prepares towards becoming a full member of the alliance next year, according to Malaysia Airlines’ Senior Vice President of Government & International Affairs Mr Germal Singhsaid.

“This is also our initiative towards enhancing air connectivity with key priority markets overseas for increased tourist arrivals into Malaysia as required by our government’s Economic Transformation Programme.

“Through this partnership we can expand our reach in Europe without operating our own flights between Malaysia and the Scandinavian region. As one of the most affordable tourist destinations in the Asia Pacific region, we are confident that more tourists from the Scandinavian region will use this code share and visit Malaysia,” he added.

On February 1, 2013, Malaysia Airlines will also join the oneworld alliance, of which Finnair is a member.

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