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Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines Expand Codeshare Partnership

Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines will reactivate their codeshare partnership between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and expand it to include 15 domestic points in Malaysia, seven in Europe and two destinations in South Africa.


Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines Expand Codeshare Partnership - Courtesy SIA/Malaysia Airlines

On Thursday (November 18, 2021), Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced the reactivation and expansion of their codeshare partnership with Malaysia Airlines. Codeshared routes between Singapore and Kuala will be reactivated, and the partnership will expand to include 15 domestic points in Malaysia, seven destinations in Europe and two cities in South Africa. Today’s codeshare expansion follows the recent announcement that Malaysia and Singapore will launch a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) from November 29, 2021. Starting on that date, Singapore Airlines’ guests will be able to progressively connect via Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar, Bintulu, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Kuching, Labuan, Langkawi, Miri, Penang, Sandakan, Sibu and Tawau. From January 1st, 2022, Malaysia Airlines’ customers will be able to connect on SIA flights to Barcelona, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Moscow, Munich, Rome, Zurich Cape Town and Johannesburg.


In Thursday’s announcement, Singapore Airlines’ Chief Executive officer, Mr. Goh Choon Phong, said,


“Partnerships with like-minded carriers are an integral part of Singapore Airlines’ strategy. The expanded cooperation between Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines coincides with the launch of Vaccinated Travel Lanes between Singapore and Malaysia, and will offer enhanced connectivity and greater convenience when customers travel to meet their loved ones or fly for business. It will also help to boost the tourism industries in both countries, as well as the wider Southeast Asia region. The partnership is a testament to the spirit of collaboration that underpins the strong and long-standing relationship between Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.”


Also commenting on the expanded codeshare partnership, Malaysia Airlines Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Izham Ismail, said,


“Malaysia Airlines looks forward to the long-awaited Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, the first VTL for Malaysia. This is indeed very timely considering the upcoming festive season and year-end holidays where residents of both countries have traditionally spent their time either in Singapore or Malaysia. We look forward to more VTLs for Malaysia so we can safely revive travel globally. Our codeshare expansion with SIA to Europe and South Africa couldn’t happen at a better time and we are especially grateful for the synergy and warm relationship between the two airlines, that has made this partnership possible.”

Malaysia Airlines is the national carrier of Malaysia and carries up to 40,000 guests daily, providing Malaysian Hospitality across all touchpoints. Since September 2015, the airline has been owned and operated by Malaysia Airlines Berhad. The airline is part of the Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), a global aviation organization focused on serving Malaysian air travel needs. Malaysia Airlines is a member of the oneworld® global alliance, which offers seamless connections to 1,000 destinations across 150 countries and territories, as well as access to 650 airport lounges worldwide.


The Singapore Airlines Group’s history dates back to 1947 with the maiden flight of Malayan Airways Limited. The airline was later renamed Malaysian Airways Limited and then Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA). In 1972, MSA split into Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Malaysian Airline System. Initially operating a fleet of 10 aircraft to 22 cities in 18 countries, SIA has grown into a world-class international group committed to Service Excellence, Product Leadership and Network Connectivity.



Source: Singapore Airlines Group (SIA)