Malaysia Airlines to provide interline onward flights under Condor partnership

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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 1): Malaysia Airlines Bhd will provide interline onward flights under a partnership with Germany-based airline Condor Flugdienst GmbH to help the latter's Asia expansion. 

Condor has selected US-based travel industry technology provider Sabre Corp as a preferred global distribution system, and will leverage the partnership with Sabre to assist with the development of a new route into Asia, in combination with interline onward flights on Malaysia Airlines, according to Condor and Sabre's joint statement from Singapore yesterday.

Condor head of international sales Carsten Sasse said in the statement: "For the first time, Condor will operate its own service to Kuala Lumpur in partnership with Malaysia Airlines. Joining Sabre's rich global travel marketplace in Asia is essential to our growth strategy. Now connected to over 425,000 travel agents globally, we will be in a solid position to expand our reach across the Asia Pacific region, and beyond."

"We will use this opportunity to evaluate the potential for new routes and eventually look towards options to offer an expanded destination portfolio to Australia and the South Pacific region," he said.

According to the statement, the announcement on the Condor-Sabre agreement represents a sizeable opportunity for travelers located in Asia, as Condor will operate non-stop flights between Kuala Lumpur and Frankfurt in Germany. 

"The service officially started in November 2018, and is available three times a week. Using a B767-300ER aircraft, Condor has the capacity to accommodate close to 750 passengers weekly," the statement said.

At the time of writing, Malaysia Airlines had not issued a statement on the Condor partnership.