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Malaysia and Japan Announce New Airlines Partnership
23 July 2020 | Written by Chris Alexander

With Malaysia Airlines set to resume services to Japan this month, the carrier has announced additional new flights between Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo, set for take-off in July and August. Starting from 25th July, the four-times-weekly flights will form part of a joint business partnership between Malaysia Airlines and Japan Airlines. 

“We look forward to the bilateral discussions between the governments of Malaysia and Japan to establish a travel bubble between the two countries,” says MAS group CEO, Izham Ismail. “This will ease restrictions for cross-border travel,” he added.  

JAL president, Yuji Akasaka, also remarked on the new partnership as a precursor to further travel restrictions being lifted, and highlighted the airlines’ shared commitment to passenger safety: “while our expanded relationship is being launched during unprecedented times, it has allowed both Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines to ensure the highest standards of safety and hygiene are in place from the onset for our mutual customers’ peace of mind,” said Akasaka.  

“With hospitality in mind, we are confident that customers will delight in the in-flight experience and enjoy convenient flight schedules and seamless services,” added Japan Airlines’ president in the statement. 

Malaysia Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Malaysia and a member of the oneworld airline alliance. Headquartered at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the airline also operates from secondary hubs in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching to destinations throughout Asia, Oceania and Europe. Malaysia Airlines owns two subsidiary flyers: Firefly and MASwings.