Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) have entered into an MoU yesterday, as both carriers look to explore a wide-ranging strategic partnership to build on their existing codeshare agreement covering flights between Singapore and Malaysia.
Enhanced ties could include a significant expansion of codeshare flights beyond Singapore-Malaysia routes, as well as enhancements on the frequent flyer programme front.
Other potential areas for cooperation could involve cargo as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul services. All these are subject to obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals.
“SIA and MAB operate in a region with a rapidly growing air travel market, presenting significant growth opportunities for both carriers. Both airlines have extensive operations within ASEAN, as well as large networks that cover many other parts of the world. We are proud to announce this MOU to expand the scope of our cooperation, increase global connectivity for Malaysia and Singapore, and enhance our service offerings for our customers,” said SIA’s CEO Goh Choon Phong.
A formal agreement is intended to be finalised in the coming months and will also include SIA subsidiaries SilkAir and Scoot, as well as Firefly, the sister airline of MAB.
Malaysia Airlines’ group CEO Izham Ismail said this partnership, which will mark the first time that all five airlines are involved, is set to add “more value to the customer proposition”.