Malaysia Airlines announced (29-Oct-2012) it will become a full member of oneworld from 01-Feb-2013. The airline received clearance to join the airline alliance after successfully completing a review of its readiness by Qantas, which is sponsoring the airline's entry into the alliance. Malaysia Airlines' frequent flyer programme, Enrich, will see its members have their frequent flyer privileges extended to travel with any oneworld member airline including airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, and 25 affiliated airlines. Members of other oneworld airline frequent flyer programmes will also be able to earn and redeem awards and status points with Malaysia Airlines. With Malaysia Airlines joining oneworld, the alliance's network will see 14 destinations and one country in Southeast Asia added to the oneworld map. This will expand oneworld's global coverage to 840 destinations in 156 countries with 9000 departures per day. oneworld alliance airlines will operate a combined fleet of 2500 aircraft, carrying 340 million passengers p/a. [more - original PR]
Malaysia Airlines Group: "oneworld membership represents one of the most significant achievements to date for Malaysia Airlines. It will strengthen our competitive position considerably, enabling our customers to enjoy a truly global network together with our partners who include some of the best and biggest airlines in the world, while enabling us also to tap into all the financial benefits that come from being part of a global alliance, through additional passenger feed and cost reduction opportunities. We are very pleased and proud to join what is clearly the world’s top quality airline grouping on 1 February," Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, CEO. Source: Company statement, 29-Oct-2012.
oneworld: "Malaysia Airlines is an ideal candidate for oneworld, with its world-class reputation for customer service mirroring oneworld’s own focus. Its Kuala Lumpur home will provide our customers with another of the world’s best airports, geographically well placed between our existing hubs. This will greatly enhance oneworld’s offering throughout one of the world’s fastest growing region for air travel demand," Bruce Ashby, CEO. Source: Company statement, 29-Oct-2012.