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.