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Air India To Start Code-sharing With MAS

Mon Jul 30, 2001 12:14 am

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.
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RE: Air India To Start Code-sharing With MAS

Mon Jul 30, 2001 1:32 pm

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.
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RE: Air India To Start Code-sharing With MAS

Mon Jul 30, 2001 2:27 pm


To revisit the original post on this issue.

The US Govt. granted AI/MH codeshare permission on the route back in April, so its been a matter of time since then.
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Why No Code-share With Nwa?

Mon Jul 30, 2001 3:08 pm

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?