Malaysia Airlines Joins oneworld Alliance

American and Malaysia Airlines Deepen Alliance Relationship By Signing New Codeshare Agreement

Jan 31, 2013, 10:00 ET from American Airlines

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines, along with its fellow oneworld® alliance members, today welcomes Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysia Airlines into the oneworld alliance, strengthening the alliance's connectivity between key business cities in Asia and other parts of the world. Beginning today, American's customers can to earn and redeem  American Airlines AAdvantage® miles when traveling on Malaysia Airlines, another key benefit to oneworld membership. 

With the addition of Malaysia Airlines, oneworld will significantly expand its route network and its ability to offer more services and benefits to customers.  Malaysia Airlines, which serves more than 60 destinations in almost 30 countries, will substantially expand the alliance's network in rapidly expanding Southeast Asia.

AAdvantage Special Promotion

In celebration of Malaysia Airlines' inauguration into the oneworld alliance, members of the AAdvantage program can earn double miles every time they fly an eligible fare on Malaysia Airlines between Feb. 15 and April 15, 2013. To participate in the AAdvantage double miles promotion, members need to register prior to travel using promotion code MHDBL. Customers can register and obtain complete offer terms and conditions at .  Customers who are not yet AAdvantage members can easily enroll for free at .

New Codeshare Agreement

In addition, American and Malaysia Airlines signed an agreement to codeshare on each other's flights in order to deepen the two airlines' relationship and provide new growth opportunities for both American and Malaysia Airlines in Southeast Asia and the United States, respectively. Following government approvals, the new codeshare agreement will offer customers more seamless choices by allowing the two airlines to work together to improve flight schedules and connection times. 

"Our extensive codeshare relationship with Malaysia Airways will provide our customers with easy, premium access when traveling to and from Southeast Asia and beyond," said Kurt Stache, American's Vice President – Strategic Alliances.  "We are also excited to be welcoming an award-winning airline such as Malaysia Airlines into the oneworld alliance."

The agreement with Malaysia Airlines will include placing American's code on nonstop flights between Malaysia's hub in Kuala Lumpur and its Southeast Asia destinations, as well as flights to the carriers' European gateways such as Paris and London. Customers can begin booking travel on codeshare flights as early as Feb. 24, 2013 for travel beginning March 1, 2013. 

With the launch of this new codeshare agreement, American will have partnerships with four of the six Skytrax 5-Star rated airlines including Cathay Pacific, Hainan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways. The exclusive top-tier Star Ranking by Skytrax is awarded to airlines achieving the highest quality performance status recognizing the airlines at the forefront of product and service delivery.

About American Airlines

American Airlines focuses on providing an exceptional travel experience across the globe, serving more than 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories. American's fleet of nearly 900 aircraft fly more than 3,500 daily flights worldwide from hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations including important markets such as London, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. With more than 500 new planes scheduled to join the fleet, including continued deliveries of the Boeing 737 family of aircraft and new additions such as the Boeing 777-300ER and the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, American is building toward the youngest and most modern fleet among major U.S. carriers. American's website,®, provides customers with easy access to check and book fares, and personalized news, information and travel offers. American's AAdvantage® program, one of the most popular frequent flyer programs in the world, lets members redeem miles for flights to almost 950 destinations worldwide, as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. The airline also offers nearly 40 Admirals Club® locations worldwide providing comfort, convenience, and an environment with a full range of services making it easy for customers to stay productive without interruption. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest airlines in the world, including global brands like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia Airlines, Japan Airlines, LAN and Qantas. Together, its members serve more than 900 destinations with more than 9,000 daily flights to 150 countries and territories. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir or American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.

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