A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was inked on the 27th of July 2019 between Singapore Airline (SIA) and Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), strengthening cooperative ties.
As a codeshare agreement, the MOU highlights co-operational flights between the two airlines, enabling each company to sell seats on flights operated by the respective flight carriers to optimise convenience of passengers.
According to SIA’s Chief Executive Officer Goh Choon Phong:
“SIA and MAB operate in a region with a rapidly growing air travel market, presenting significant growth opportunities between both carriers. Both airlines have extensive operations within ASEAN countries, as well as large networks that cover many other parts of the world.”
The partnership of the well-reputed Singapore flight carrier and Malaysia’s national airline would enhance the availability of routes towards more destinations. Additionally, it could potentially enhance growth in terms of cargo, maintenance, repair, and overhaul services.
The agreement will also include three subsidiary airlines from both of the companies; namely Singapore’s SilkAir, Singapore-owned Scoot, and Malaysia’s Firefly.
However the merging of the two carriers received mixed feedback from some Singaporeans, claiming dissatisfaction with the codeshare as it could possibly affect their choices of transportation during travels.