OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2982 times:
Air India is going to start code-sharing on MAS' flights to/from LAX. Seems like MAS is not dropping KUL-LAX services after all. Air India already code shares with MAS on the KUL-BOM, KUL-BLR and KUL-HYD route. Is the code-share necessary for airlines that are expanding in India? All these 3 destinations are newly served by MAS this March. Here's the press release from one of the press in Malaysia.
Air India will commence a code sharing agreement with Malaysia Airlines (MAS) for the Los Angeles route, effective Aug 1. Air India manager for Malaysia, P.S. Rajgopal, said the agreement would see Air India having 4 business class and 40 economy class seats per flight each week. MAS flies to Los Angeles once daily; three times weekly via Tokyo and four times weekly via Taipei. He said Los Angeles was a new destination for Air India from Kuala Lumpur. Air India recently introduced code sharing flights with MAS to Bombay four times a week, Bangalore twice a week, and Hyderabad once a week, effective July 1. Rajgopal said Air India had been stepping up its activities in Malaysia with the introduction of code sharing flights with MAS.
Maharaja From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2955 times:
Wel Odie, this code share actually came about AFTER the Minister of Aviation (Mr.Sharad Yadav -the Bandit King) had gone and sold the landing rights from HYD & BLR to MAS for HYD/LAX and BLR/LAX - even whilst the Air India asset valuation was in progress.
I guess it was his way of making a quick buck before the Airline was sold off .
The demand to make Hyderabad and International Long Haul gateway came from Mr.Chandra Bubu Naidu - chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh- of which Hyderabad is the capital.
So the former M.D. of AI - M.P.Mascarenhas, in an obvious effort to make the best of a bad situation - accepted the code share deal- until AI built up capacity to fly those routes..
MAS flights have now commenced from BLR and I think HYD is only days away.
But hopefully, with a bit of fleet augumentation AI can commence its services to KUL from HYD & BLR soon ( and with a bit of luck) - LAX in the not too far future.
lol - been hearing that one for 20 years.
OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2944 times:
Since KLM, MAS and NWA are planning to form the 'Wings' alliance in the near future, I really wonder the integration of the MAS and NWA network. Both KLM and MAS were quite integrated in their network and schedules. But, weren't NWA suppose to code-share with NWA on the MAS' KUL-LAX services? Now that NWA plans to use narrow-body aircraft ex-Tokyo, will there be any chance of NWA's return to KUL using a narrow-body aircraft, such as the B757?