Sri Lankan and Malaysia Airlines in new code share deal

June 23, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lankan Airlines has expanded its code share deal with Malaysian Airlines increasing its reach to the United States, Australia and Asia-Pacific sectors, the airline said.

Members of Malaysia Airlines and SriLankan FlySmiLes frequent flyer programs can earn points on either airline.

The codeshare is effective from June, 205 2009 and tickets for some of the destinations are already available in the market, Sri Lanka said. The agreement enables Malaysia Airlines to codeshare on SriLankan’s flights to Male in the Maldives while SriLankan Airlines will access Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Jakarta, and Seoul through Malaysia Airlines.

The two airlines have been codesharing between Kuala Lumpur and Colombo since 1999.

“The partnership gives SriLankan access to several markets in the Asia-Pacific, notably the US west coast and Australia,” SriLankan’s head of sales, Mohamed Fazeel said.

“This will provide our customers with easy access to the Maldives, a favourite destination among high end tourists from Europe and Asia,” Malaysia Airlines’ head of industry relations, Germal Singh Khera said in the statement.

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