Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have agreed to expand codeshare flights from their pre-Covid-19 agreement. They will reactivate their codeshare arrangement between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and expand it to include 15 domestic points in Malaysia, seven destinations in Europe, and two cities in South Africa. The airlines have codeshare arrangements on flights between Singapore Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Penang. Due to a reduced flight schedule resulting from Covid-19 border closures, SIA does not currently operate flights to Kuching or Penang. Malaysia Airlines does not operate flights between Singapore and Kuching.
Codeshare flights due to demand
The substantial expansion of the codeshare arrangements, within Malaysia and beyond the two countries, comes amid the gradual reopening of international borders and an increase in the demand for air travel. It follows the announcement of a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) arrangement between Malaysia and Singapore beginning 29th November 2021, providing customers with seamless journeys for business or leisure travel.
- From 29th November 2021, Singapore Airlines customers will be able to connect to Malaysia Airlines services out of Kuala Lumpur as the carrier progressively adds 15 new codeshare destinations in Malaysia. These are
- Alor Setar
- Johor Bahru
- Kota Kinabalu
- Kuala Terengganu
From 1st January 2022, Malaysia Airlines customers will be able to connect on SIA flights from Singapore to seven points in Europe:
- as well as Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa
Other points in the Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines networks will be progressively added to these codeshare arrangements.
This significant expansion of the codeshare arrangements is the first phase of a wide-ranging commercial agreement that Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines signed in 2019. Under this agreement, the airlines plan to undertake a joint business arrangement between Malaysia and Singapore, subject to regulatory approvals.
This arrangement allows the partners to coordinate flight schedules, offer joint fare products, align corporate programmes, and explore tie-ups between the KrisFlyer and Enrich frequent flyer programmes. Both carriers will also explore joint tourism marketing initiatives and multi-stop itineraries, which would enable customers to travel to more destinations in Malaysia through Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.