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Oneworld Alliance Adds Malaysia Airlines

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Bolstering its connectivity in major Asian business cities, American Airlines announced that it signed a new agreement with Malaysia Airlines that brings the Kuala Lumpur-based carrier into its growing oneworld alliance.

Members of oneworld can earn and redeem American Airlines AAdvantage miles when they fly on Malaysian Airlines. AAdvantage program members can earn double miles on flights on Malaysian between Feb. 15 and April 15, 2013.

This move makes Malaysia Airlines the twelfth full-fledged member of the oneworld group. Oneworld now has flights to nearly 850 destinations in over 150 countries. Malaysia Airlines flies to over 60 destinations in almost 30 countries.

Adding Malaysia Airlines and its Kuala Lumpur hub gives oneworld an important Southeast Asian connecting point. Up until now, the only other hub presence that oneworld had in the region was in Hong Kong, the base for Cathay Pacific.

American and Malaysia Airlines also signed an agreement to codeshare on each other’s flights. The two airlines say they will work together to make travel easier for their customers by better coordinating their fight schedules and connection times.

The accord with Malaysia Airlines will include placing American’s code on nonstop flights between Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur hub and its Southeast Asia destinations. It will also place American’s code on flights to the Malaysia Airlines’ European gateways. The airline serves Paris and London. Customers can begin booking travel on codeshare flights as early as February 24 for travel beginning March 1.

Members have to register before they travel to participate in the AAdvantage double miles promotion. They can register and get information at www.AA.com/Offers.  Customers who are not yet AAdvantage members can enroll for free at www.AA.com/enroll.

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