Malindo keen to explore interline agreements

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Malindo Air is interested in exploring interline agreements with international carriers serving Kuala Lumpur.

Though it has yet to start discussions with particular carriers, it hopes to secure an agreement by the end of 2013, says an airline spokesman. Given that rival Malaysia Airlines is a member of Oneworld, it has a preference for non-Oneworld carriers.

According Innovata FlightMaps Analytics, SkyTeam carriers that operate direct long-haul flights to Kuala Lumpur include Saudi Arabian Airlines, Air France, KLM and Korean Air.

The only Star Alliance carrier operating direct long-haul to Kuala Lumpur is Turkish Airlines, while Lufthansa, Ethiopian and EygptAir fly there via Bangkok.

Other major international carriers serving Kuala Lumpur include Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways.

Malindo currently serves the East Malaysian destinations of Kuching, Sibu, Miri, Kota Kinabalu and Tawau from Kuala Lumpur using Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. It plans to have 12 737-900ERs and six ATR 72-600s by the end of the year.

It has plans to operate services to the Indian cities of Trichi, Kochi and New Delhi. It also views Singapore as a possible destination.