Malaysia to join oneworld in February 2013

Malaysia Airlines, the country’s national carrier, will become a full member of oneworld with effect from Friday February 1, 2013.

On October 29 the airline issued a statement saying that it had received clearance to join oneworld after successfully completing a thorough review of its readiness conducted by Qantas, which is sponsoring its entry into the alliance, with the oneworld central team.

Though the airline says its alliance implementation programme is on track for completion in the coming weeks, its addition to oneworld is being held until the beginning of 2013, “to avoid the end-of-year holiday season and for other administrative reasons.”

Malaysia Airlines will start offering oneworld’s full range of services and benefits from February 1, 2013; becoming the alliance’s second airline operating the Airbus A380, after its oneworld sponsor Qantas.

The carrier says the 2 million members of its Enrich loyalty programme will, in effect, have their frequent flyer privileges extended to whenever they fly with any oneworld member
airline – airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and some 25 affiliated airlines.  This includes earning and redeeming mileage awards and earning tier status points when flying with all these airlines.  Enrich Platinum cardholders will have Emerald status in the oneworld programme.  Enrich Gold will be equivalent to oneworld
Sapphire and Enrich Silver will be oneworld Ruby.

From 1 February, Enrich Platinum and Gold members will be able to use any of the 550 airport lounges worldwide offered by oneworld member airlines whenever they fly with any of the alliance’s carriers.
Malaysia Airlines’ First and Business Class passengers will also be able to use oneworld
partner airline lounges.

Also the 125 million members of the established oneworld airlines’ frequent flyer programmes will be able to earn and redeem awards and tier status points and receive all other oneworld benefits on Malaysia Airlines.

Malaysia Airlines is already participating in Global Explorer, the round-the-world fare offered by all oneworld members and various airlines that are not part of the alliance.