Finnair and Malaysia Airlines have established new code shares, increasing access to the airlines’ respective hubs in Helsinki and Kuala Lumpur.
Through the new arrangement, effective today, selected Malaysia Airlines services between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong will carry the Finnair flight code. Likewise, Malaysia Airlines’ flight code will be used on selected Finnair services between Helsinki and London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.
“Finnair is very pleased to offer our customers flying to Southeast Asia extended reach to Kuala Lumpur, the cultural and economic heart of Malaysia and a fast-growing and prosperous metropolis,” says Hannu Sundberg, Finnair Vice President, Commercial Partnerships. “By the same token we are also pleased to welcome Malaysia Airlines’ customers to Helsinki and establish closer cooperation between our two airlines. Malaysia Airlines is a natural counterpart for us and we look forward to welcoming the company to the oneworld alliance.”
Malaysia Airlines’ Senior Vice President of Government & International Affairs Mr Germal Singh said, “The arrangement with Finnair is part of our strategy to develop commercial cooperation with oneworld alliance members as we prepare towards becoming a full member of the alliance next year. This is also our initiative towards enhancing air connectivity with key priority markets overseas for increased tourist arrivals into Malaysia as required by our government’s Economic Transformation Programme”
“Through this partnership we can expand our reach in Europe without operating our own flights between Malaysia and the Scandinavian region. As one of the most affordable tourist destinations in the Asia Pacific region, we are confident that more tourists from the Scandinavian region will use this code share and visit Malaysia,” he added.
On February 1, 2013, Malaysia Airlines will also join the oneworld alliance, of which Finnair is a member.
Finnair (www.finnair.com) is specialised in fast connections between Europe and Asia via Helsinki. The airline carries more than eight million passengers annually and connects 11 cities in Asia with more than 50 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, operates a young, modern fleet and is the first airline named to the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. Finnair has also won Skytrax’s World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past three years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld, the leading quality airline alliance.
About Malaysia Airlines
Malaysia Airlines (www.malaysiaairlines.com) is the national carrier of Malaysia and one of Asia’s largest, flying nearly 37,000 passengers daily to some 80 destinations worldwide across 4 continents. The distinctive Malaysia Airlines brand is an extension of the special culture of warmth and friendliness unique to Malaysians, branded as “Malaysian Hospitality” and symbolized by the acronym MH which is also the airline’s flight code. It is the eighth operator of the Airbus A380 aircraft, when it introduced this double deck super jumbo on the Kuala Lumpur-London-Kuala Lumpur route in July 2012, which will advance to twice daily A380 effective 24 November 2012.
The national carrier of Malaysia is among the industry’s most frequent winner of awards for quality service. In the latest SKYTRAX World Airline Awards (2012) announcement, Malaysia Airlines won awards for the World’s Best Airline Cabin Staff, 5-Star Airline and Best Airline Signature Dish for its “Satay”. It has also received the accolade of “World’s Best Cabin Staff” by SKYTRAX over seven years, 2001-2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012 – the most for any airline.