MAS edges toward oneworld integration

MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) took one step closer to becoming a full member of the oneworldairline alliance (TTG Asia e-Daily, June 6, 2011) with the inclusion last week of its international flight schedule in Global Explorer, which covers all routes offered by the alliance’s member airlines.

The Malaysia flag carrier’s network of around 60 destinations will be added to the Global Explorer round-the-world product offered by alliance members and other selected airlines, said oneworld and MAS in a joint statement.

Through this inclusion, almost 20 cities within MAS’ network in South-east Asia, and two more countries – Brunei and Myanmar – will be added to Global Explorer’s portfolio, which will extend its reach to more than 900 destinations in nearly 150 countries.

Apple Vacations & Conventions managing director, Koh Yock Heng, said: “This is a good development for MAS as it will lower its operating and marketing costs. It also provides more options for our customers who prefer to fly out from Malaysia on MAS because it is their home carrier.”

Once MAS syncs fully with oneworld by end-2012, it will be able to participate in the full range of oneworld’s fares and offer other services and benefits of the alliance to its customers.

By N. Nithiyananthan

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