British Airways and Malaysia Airlines launch new codeshare agreement

Oct 3, 2019

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Oneworld alliance members British Airways and Malaysia Airlines have strengthened ties. On Wednesday, the two carriers announced they had launched a new codeshare agreement for passengers travelling between the UK and Asia/Pacific.

For travel from 9 October 2019 onwards, passengers can expect the codeshare to 14 routes operated by Malaysia Airlines from its hub in Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to both domestic Malaysian destinations like Langkawi (LGK), Penang (PEN) and Kota Kinabalu (BKI), as well as to the following international destinations:

  • Australia: Adelaide (ADL), Melbourne (MEL), Perth (PER)
  • Cambodia: Phnom Penh (PNH)
  • Indonesia: Denpasar-Bali (DPS), Jakarta (CGK), Surabaya (SUB)
  • New Zealand: Auckland (AKL)
  • Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)

Both carriers already operate flights from London (LHR) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL). BA operates the route daily with a daily Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and Malaysia Airlines with a double daily flight on its flagship A350 aircraft.

The new agreement means that passengers searching on ba.com can now book flights to these codeshare destinations on a single ticket, with luggage checked through to the final destination and easy online check-in and boarding passes.

Malaysia Airlines will also add its own codeshare to domestic flights operated British Airways from London (LHR) to Aberdeen (ABZ), Belfast (BFS), Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA), Manchester (MAN) and Newcastle (NCL). Subject to regulatory approval, the MH code will then also be added to various European flights operated by British Airways.

Though passengers enjoy many Oneworld status benefits on both airlines already, codeshares can make journeys more seamless without the need to link separate itineraries, book flights separately and then try and link itineraries to check through baggage. You can read our full guide to what codeshares are and how they work here.

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