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MAS Inches Closer Into ST - CZ Codeshare

Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:52 pm

MAS and China Southern are in final talks to launch a new code-share agreement which will see MAS accessing CZ's network within China and in return CZ will be able to tap into MAS regional and onward connections via KUL.

Again - this shows MAS' continuing effort to integrate itself into Skyteam's network of partners despite Air France's continued obstinence. AF reinforced its code-share with Qantas recently further undermining MAS' hopes that AF will start flights to KUL and from there, place AF passengers on MH flights onwards to Australia and NZ.

MAS is also continuing talks with Alitalia on the joint-development of the KUL-Rome (for passengers) and KUL-Milan (for cargo) routes. Rumours are abound that Aeroflot will return to KUL in Summer 2007 and MAS is keen to negotiate with the Russians in offering SU similar code-sharing benefits that KLM currently enjoys at Kuala Lumpur.

MAS and Korean Air recently also agreed to expand their code-share network at their respective hubs and MAS is currently contemplating expansion of its current code-share with KLM to include trans-atlantic traffic.

Returning to the main headline - this code-share also comes as preparations are detailed for China and Malaysia to enter an open-skies agreement by 2010 allowing for unlimited growth and traffic between the two countries by their respective carriers.
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RE: MAS Inches Closer Into ST - CZ Codeshare

Thu Oct 19, 2006 12:07 am

I don't think that Air France is still as opposed to MH's eventual accession to Skyteam as the airline used to be. Sure enough, the Qantas deal is not very conducive towards accommodating MH and its extensive Australia network, yet the QF/AF deal seems to be beneficial for both parties involved, so why give it up.

Come winter, MH will for the first time operate daily frequencies to AF's CDG homebase, and it is a sure thing that MH could not have gotten their hands on the final two frequencies without a nod of approval from Air France. Let's not forget that no longer than 2 years ago MH were unsuccessfully struggling to add to the three weekly frequencies they had been operating for years. Now we are at daily frequencies, which might not seem a big deal, but which actually is a very big deal if one considers the notorious stingyness of the French government when it comes to giving out the rights.

I believe the the inclusion of MH in Skyteam is as good as a done deal and this can only be beneficial for both MH and the Skyteam Alliance as a whole. The alliance is in dire need of a partner in Southeast Asia and, as it goes, there are not many options left.

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