KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Ethiopian Airlines will start a code-sharing pact from Jan 1, 2014, that will see the national carrier gaining access to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
The code-sharing arrangement will also see Ethiopian Airlines flying from Addis Ababa to Kuala Lumpur carrying the MAS flight code.
MAS said the new code-share was valid for booking from yesterday and the service would also include a transit in Bangkok.
“MAS is pleased to offer our customers an extended reach to the African continent and to the customers of Ethiopian Airlines access to Kuala Lumpur.
“This is also our initiative towards enhancing air connectivity with key priority markets overseas for increased tourist arrivals into Malaysia in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 campaign,” said MAS group chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.
Through this partnership, MAS could expand its reach in Africa without operating its own flights, Ahmad Jauhari said.
MAS flight MH9489 will leave Kuala Lumpur at 11.25pm every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and arrive at Addis Ababa at 6.45am the following day.
MH9488 will depart Addis Ababa at 12.40am every Monday, Wednes-day, Friday and Sunday and arrive at Kuala Lumpur at 6pm on the same day.
The Ethiopian Airlines code for this service is ET619 and ET618, respectively.
Travellers can book their tickets to Addis Ababa on the MAS 24-hour toll-free number 1-300-88-3000, MAS ticket offices and appointed agents throughout Malaysia.
In Johor Baru, MAS regional senior vice-president Muzammil Mohamad said MAS, which saw a 12% growth in revenue and 32% increase in passenger volume until November this year compared to the same period last year, would review and survey the demand for direct flights to international destinations from the state capital.
“We aim to offer more direct flights to foreign countries for the convenience of travellers from here,” he said at the opening of the new MAS sales and administrative office at the Senai International Airport yesterday.