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Article from BTNews 4 FEBRUARY 2013

Malaysia Airlines

From 1 February Malaysia Airlines has become the 12th full member of the oneworld alliance serving more than 60 destinations in almost 30 countries.  It is the only airline connecting Kuala Lumpur non-stop from Heathrow and has a twice daily Airbus A380 service.  Malaysia is one of the world’s fastest growing economic powerhouses.

Malaysia Airlines’ addition to the alliance completes what has been one of the biggest projects in the airline’s history, with working groups covering some 20 streams of activity, bringing its various internal processes and procedures into line with the alliance’s requirements, and running extensive employee training and communications programmes.

Malaysia will also become a home market for the alliance.  The country has one of the world’s 30 biggest national economies and a population of almost 30 million. Its capital Kuala Lumpur, the world’s 10th most visited city by international visitors according to the latest annual Mastercard survey, is now a oneworld hub.

Its addition expands oneworld’s global coverage to 842 destinations in 156 countries, served by some 9,000 departures a day, operated by a combined fleet of some 2,500 aircraft.  The alliance is now carrying nearly 340m passengers a year with Qatar Airways and Sri Lankan Airlines expected to formally join later this year.  www.malaysiaairlines.com

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