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July 19, 2024
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China Southern Airlines and Malaysia Airlines have announced the expansion of their codeshare partnership, adding three new routes to their existing agreement. This expansion strengthens connectivity between the two countries and offers passengers a wider range of travel options.

Initially launched in July 2023, the codeshare partnership only included flights between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Guangzhou (CAN). Following this expansion, passengers can benefit from codeshare options on the following routes:

  • Guangzhou (CAN) – Penang (PEN)
  • Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Beijing Daxing (PKX)
  • Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Shanghai Pudong (PVG)
China Southern
China Southern Boeing 787-9

This move reflects a commitment by both airlines to cater to the growing demand for travel between China and Malaysia. China Southern Airlines plans to increase its capacity in the Malaysian market to 73 flights per week, while Malaysia Airlines already offers 54 weekly flights to various destinations in China.

Benefits for Passengers

The codeshare agreement offers several advantages for travelers, including the following.

  • Enhanced Connectivity: Passengers can now enjoy seamless connections to more destinations within China and Malaysia.
  • Greater Flexibility: The expanded network provides travelers with a wider range of flight options to suit their schedules and preferences.
  • Convenience: Passengers can book flights under either airline’s code, simplifying the booking process.
Malaysia Airlines
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8

Looking Ahead, Boost for Tourism

Both airline representatives expressed their commitment to further collaboration under the “Belt and Road” initiative. This suggests potential exploration of new routes and deeper cooperation in various aspects of the aviation industry.

The expanded codeshare program, coupled with the current visa-free policy between Malaysia and China, is expected to boost tourism in both countries. Easier travel opens doors for cultural exchange and allows passengers to explore the rich offerings of each nation.

Overall, the expansion of the China Southern Airlines and Malaysia Airlines codeshare network signifies a positive development for travelers seeking convenient and flexible connections between China and Malaysia. This collaboration is poised to benefit both airlines and contribute to the growth of tourism in the region.

China Southern
China Southern Airbus A350

Comments from Airline Representatives

Mr. Zhang Dongsheng, Deputy Director General of the Commercial Steering Committee and Senior Vice President of the Marketing Division of China Southern Airlines said, “Under the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative, China Southern Airlines will continue to leverage its network advantages to explore new opportunities with Malaysia Airlines, and deepen our cooperation in more fields, aiming to bring greater air travel experience for all passengers.”

Mr. Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi, Chief Executive Officer of Airlines from Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), said, “By expanding our codeshare agreement, travellers can now enjoy an enhanced travel experience, seamlessly connecting to more destinations with greater convenience and flexibility. As the gateway to Asia and beyond, Malaysia Airlines provides a world of exploration and adventure for travellers on board Malaysian Hospitality. This is especially beneficial with the current visa-free policy for Malaysian  & Chinese travellers to travel between the two countries, making it easier than ever to discover and appreciate the rich cultures and attractions they have to offer.”

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Sharad Ranabhat
An experienced journalist, based in Nepal, with a proven track record of delivering breaking news and research-based analysis in the airline/aviation industry. Working with multiple outlets, I have honed my writing skills to produce engaging and informative content that resonates with industry professionals and enthusiasts alike.

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