Malaysia Airlines plans to expand its relationship with Oneworld partner airlines such as Qantas and British Airways by offering codeshare flights carrying QF and BA numbers.
The move would be made possible by the airline switching over to a new reservations platform, reports industry watchers CAPA.
“This will open up a whole other world to us”, observed Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew. "It’s a bit of a joke you are part of oneworld and you can’t sell a flight on our own site."
CAPA observes that "obvious holes in (Malaysia Airlines') portfolio of codeshare partners are Oneworld members British Airways and Qantas. BA is the only Oneworld member serving Kuala Lumpur that does not yet have a codeshare with Malaysia Airlines."
Qantas no longer flies to Kuala Lumpur, although this is often suggested as a potential Airbus A330 destination as the airline pushes into Asia.
British Airways began flying to Kuala Lumpur in 2015 but "initially elected against pursuing a codeshare on the route due to overcapacity concerns," CAPA reflects.
Malaysia Airlines continues to fly its Airbus A380s to London, but by the middle of 2018 will begin to replace the superjumbos with advanced fuel-efficient Airbus A350s.