Malaysia Airlines has entered into a codeshare agreement with Saudia, its second airline partnership in the Middle East.

The agreement, which began on 15 December, will see the Southeast Asian carrier add its code to Saudia’s flights from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah and Riyadh, and onward from the two cities to Madinah and Cairo. Saudia’s code will in turn be added on Malaysia Airlines-operated flights from Kuala Lumpur to Australia, as well as within Malaysia.

Malaysia Airlines A330 generics

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Malaysia Airlines A330-200 at Taipei Taoyuan Airport.

Malaysia Airlines chief Izham Ismail says: “We are delighted to welcome Saudia as our new codeshare partner to leverage each other’s network, allowing two full-service carriers to expand their operations to South East Asia and Australia as well as the Middle East respectively. This partnership will strengthen Malaysia Airlines’ presence in Saudi Arabia and build upon a strong relationship between the two carriers.” 

The Oneworld carrier already has a strategic partnership with fellow alliance member Qatar Airways, first announced in May this year. It also increased frequencies to Doha, operating twice daily flights to the Qatari capital.

Cirium schedules data shows Malaysia Airlines operates 10 weekly flights between Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah, with another 10 weekly flights to Madinah. The airline’s charter unit Amal also operates seasonal pilgrimage flights to Saudi Arabia. 

Saudia has daily flights to Madinah, as well as 20 flights a week to Jeddah.