MAS continuing US connectivity through oneworld alliance

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is continuing connectivity to US cities, through various code-share arrangements and interline arrangements.

This was also made possible by the oneworld alliance, MAS said in a statement, Malaysian daily The Star reported, quoting the national news agency, Bernama.

American Airlines and Japan Airlines are the national carrier's code share partners to the Americas.

MAS will be suspending its flights into Los Angeles following a route-rationalisation exercise to stem losses. The route-rationalisation exercise takes effect on April 30 this year.

However, the airline has assured its passengers that connectivity to the US is still pretty much available, via various code share and interline arrangements.

The national carrier had announced code sharing with American Airlines in March 2013, allowing for 118 weekly options to and from five American cities through European stations.

In July, it announced another series of code shares. The code share was also extended to Singapore and Bangkok via the Kuala Lumpur gateway.

This gives an opportunity for guests in the US to travel to other parts of ASEAN with a seamless connection.

The second phase code sharing enables customers in Malaysia and the US to book direct with MAS and take advantage of the connection options between Kuala Lumpur and the cities of Atlanta, Boston, Washington, Houston, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas and San Diego via the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Miami gateways.

Commenting on the arrangement, MAS group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said: "These arrangements will provide excellent opportunities to expand our US network without having to mount our own flights to the various cities there.

"Other code share arrangements are also being worked out as we speak. Aside from code shares, we can also send customers to the United States on normal interline basis which is allowed on oneworld networks."

The code share cooperation is part of the strategy by MAS to develop commercial cooperation with oneworld alliance members.

Mr Ahmad Jauhari said that it was also part of initiative towards enhancing air connectivity with key priority markets overseas for increased tourist arrivals into Malaysia as required by the government's Economic Transformation Programme and in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014.

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