Kuala Lumpur Airport (KUL) Airline Information




NOTE: Airlines use Alliances and Codes-Shares to expand their reach without placing additional planes in the sky.  Passengers benefit from alliances and code-shares via baggage handling agreements between airlines, particularly on overseas routes – enabling them to check-in bags at their initial departure point and getting them automatically to their final destination - even if changing terminals & carriers in various countries along the way.

A.  AIRLINE ALLIANCES – “Alliance” refers to the business agreement between two or more carriers to sharing same flight: If your ticket would state “Delta Airlines, operated by Air France”, you would be on an Air France plane – in which case Delta is merely the marketing carrier selling seats & promoting routes under its own name. There are three Airline Alliances at present:

1.  SKYTEAM Alliance Members:  Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudi Arabia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines, Xiamen Air. (new member Garuda Indonesia is expected by early 2014).

2.  STAR Alliance Members:  Adria Airways JP, Aegean A3, Air Canada AC, Air China CA, Air New Zealand NZ, ANA (All Nippon) NH,  Asiana OZ, Austrian OS, Avianca AV; Brussels SN, Copa CM, Croatia OU, Egyptair MS, Ethiopian ET, EVA Air BR, LOT Polish LO, Lufthansa LH, Scandinavian SK, Shenzhen ZH, Singapore SQ, South African SA, Swiss LX, TAM JJ, TAP Portugal TP, Thai TG, Turkish TK, United UA, U.S. Airways.

3. ONEWORLD Alliance Members:  Airberlin, American AA, British Airways BA, Cathay Pacific CX, Finnair AY, Iberia IB, JAL (Japan Airlines) JL, all LAN airlines (4M, 4C, LA, LP, UC, XL)* , Malaysia, Qantas QF, Qatar QR, Royal Jordanian RJ, & S7Airlines S7.  Note that Oneworld affiliates help extend reach of network to more global destinations.  All Oneworld airlines (except Malaysia, Qatar & Royal Jordanian) have affiliates.  (SriLankan  is to become a member early 2014).

*Note that LAN & TAM have merged – but as of November 2013 are still listed under separate Alliances. (TAM is a member of the Star Alliance, while LAN (LAN Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru & LAN Express ) is a member of Oneworld.

B.  CODE-SHARE GENERAL INFORMATION – ‘Code-Share’ simply  means that one physical flight may operate under several flight numbers –facilitating booking, marketing, selling and promoting of routes that are operated by other carriers. A code-share also enables passengers to use airline clubs and using the same boarding practices. Note that your booking details will state below Airline name & flight number “operated by [the airline whose airplane you will be boarding]”, in which case you need to check in your bags with the operating airlinebut you book or change a codeshare flight with the non-operating (marketing) airline. Overhead screens in the terminal will show both the marketing and operating airline flights for same gate & departure time.

Code-Share Advantages vs. Disadvantages:  (a) Advantage:  one-stop  reservation & ticketing; coordinated schedules for easier connections; getting extra miles at frequent flyer programs (with exceptions).  (b) Disadvantage: operating airline may have different baggage policy and pricing. Most of the major Airlines now have codeshare agreements with other airlines. Here are 4 examples:

1. American Airlines Codeshare:  Its home page has a top-right link “About Us” and a sub-link there for “Alliances & Affiliates” indicating Oneworld Alliances and codeshare partners (too many to list here).  The codeshare partners listing is linked to the individual  code-share airline, which in turn gives you all the information as to codeshare routes & airport connections.

2. Delta Airlines Codeshare:  Its codeshare partners are Alaska, GOL, Hawaiian, Olympic, Royal Air Maroc, Virgin Australia, WestJet & SkyTeam Partners (see above) & Delta Connection, Delta Shuttle, Delta Private Jets & Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Service. 

3. Frontier Arlines Codeshare:  Its home page has a top-right link “Customer Service” leading to travel support & air partnerships.  Its codeshare partners are Frontier Express and Great Lakes Airlines (ZK). It also has so-called “Interline Ticketing Agreements with a number of other airlines.

4. US Airways Codeshare:   Its home page leads to ‘aboutus/alliances/codeshare.  Codeshare members are Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA All Nippon;Asiana, British Midland (bmi), Brussels, Lufthansa, Singapore, Swiss, TAM, TAP Portugal, Turkish, United, Winair, EVA Air, Hawaiian, Qatar, Royal Jordanian, TACA & Virgin Atlantic.


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