MAS prepares to join Oneworld

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will join Oneworld, the global airline alliance has confirmed. The Kuala Lumpur-based will now become the group’s first South-East Asian member. “A formal alliance membership agreement will be completed soon,” Oneworld says in a statement. Based on a typical 18-month integration process and safety audit, MAS is expected to be a full member of the group by the end 2012. Members-elect Kingfisher Airlines and Air Berlin are both on track to join early the same year.

20th Jul 2011



 MAS prepares to join Oneworld


Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will join Oneworld, the global airline alliance has confirmed. The Kuala Lumpur-based will now become the group’s first South-East Asian member.
“A formal alliance membership agreement will be completed soon,” Oneworld says in a statement.
Based on a typical 18-month integration process and safety audit, MAS is expected to be a full member of the group by the end 2012. Members-elect Kingfisher Airlines and Air Berlin are both on track to join early the same year.
The other members of the alliance are: American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Peru, Malev Hungarian Airlines, Mexicana, LAN, Qantas and Royal Jordanian Airlines.
MAS’ decision to join Oneworld has come as a surprise because of its long-standing relationship with Air France-KLM, a member of the rival SkyTeam alliance.
MAS Managing Director Azmil Zaharuddin says the carrier’s planned entry into Oneworld does not mean that it will have to terminate existing arrangements with airlines outside the group, although these will be reviewed.
Oneworld says that MAS will develop bilateral ties with other member of the alliance as it prepares for membership. The Malaysian carrier already code-shares with Cathay and Royal Jordanian.

 

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