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Malaysia Airlines to launch Kuala Lumpur-Haneda flights; expand codeshare with JAL


Malaysia Airlines (MH) and Japan Airlines (JAL) have agreed to expand their codeshare operations following MH's recent decision to launch new direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo, Haneda beginning on Aug 14.

The codeshare will be expanded to include the Kuala Lumpur - Haneda route with the introduction of JAL codeshare on the flights operated by Malaysia Airlines.

Travellers flying with Malaysia Airlines to Haneda will be able to book and connect to a greater scope of Japanese domestic destinations, including Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Okinawa and connect further to international destinations within North America.

Malaysia Airlines will operate flights between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) and Haneda Airport (HND) via MH36 (JL7097) departing KUL at 14:45, and MH37 (JL7096) departing HND at 00:25.

The twice-weekly service will be operated by A330-300 aircraft equipped with 290 seats, comprising 27 seats in Business Class, 16 Economy with extra legroom, and 247 seats in Economy Class.

“As a national carrier, this expansion signifies a strong relationship and cooperation between the oneworld alliance partners, catalytic to further economy growth, supporting business and trade between the two countries and facilitating the capacity recovery to pre-pandemic levels,” said Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines, Captain Izham Ismail. “This new critical step in our Joint Business partnership with Japan Airlines will allow us to provide seamless connections to our customers, enhanced products and offerings while establishing KUL as a prominent hub in Southeast Asia region for travel into Malaysia and beyond. We welcome the timely announcement by Japan’s government to open their borders to international tourists starting June on restricted conditions and looking forward to progressive travel restriction relaxation from time to time.”

Passengers departing from Haneda to Kuala Lumpur can drop off their baggage five hours before departure at the dedicated Early Check-In counter in Haneda Airport after performing kiosk check-in or web check-in on JAL or Malaysia Airlines’ website.

Additionally, customers departing from Kuala Lumpur to Haneda can continue to enjoy the existing service of early check-in via web or at kiosk and drop off their baggage five hours before departure.

Yuji Akasaka, president of Japan Airlines, said, “We are pleased to strengthen our Joint Business partnership with Malaysia Airlines through this new codeshare operation. As one of the busiest airports in Asia, Haneda is not only conveniently located in the heart of Tokyo but is also a gateway to numerous domestic destinations in Japan and countries around the world. As we head towards a recovery in travel demand, we look forward to working closely with Malaysia Airlines to welcome our passengers with our highest standards in hospitality.”

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Pity Japan is closed for business to tourists unless you want a Nth Korea style experience....

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What merit is there for passengers departing from Haneda and Kuala Lumpur to drop off their baggage five hours before departure? Compared to JAL’s First lounge in Haneda, the Malaysian Airlines First Lounge in KL is claustrophobically tiny and the roti canai sauce seemed defrosted by microwave.

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