From: YOUR VOICE ONLINE <UVOICE@malaysiaairlines.com>
Date: 20 September 2012 03:33:05 PM GMT+08:00
Subject: MALAYSIA AIRLINES APPOINTS EXPEDIA, INC. TO OFFER ONLINE FARES
20 September 2012
MALAYSIA AIRLINES APPOINTS EXPEDIA, INC. TO OFFER ONLINE FARES
Malaysia’s national carrier fares offered through the world’s leading full-service online distribution channel
Malaysia Airlines announced today the expansion of its relationship with the Expedia, Inc. group, the world’s largest online travel company, to offer travellers in Malaysia affordable airfares all year round at any time of the day, effective 20 September 2012.
This partnership provides Malaysian consumers with a simple and easy to use online travel booking channel for them to view, select, transact and finalise their air travel needs from the comfort of their homes and work places.
The arrangement appoints Expedia as one of Malaysia Airlines’ official online ticketing agents and makes Malaysia Airlines’ full schedule of domestic and international routes and fares, including that of its wholly owned subsidiary MASwings, available to consumers booking flights on Expedia’s newly-launched Malaysia website, www.expedia.com.my.
Commenting on this partnership, Malaysia Airlines Head of Sales and Distribution Duncan Bureau said, “As the hospitality industry firmly leverages on the online options for purchase of related products and services, we at Malaysia Airlines continuously take advantage of this development to expand our online distribution channels for customers to enjoy our best prices throughout the year. We are already working together with Expedia in other markets where we operate, and this is an extension of that partnership for the benefit of our customers in Malaysia. As a 5-star airline with the world’s best cabin crew, we are pleased to partner with the leading online travel company for our customers to get the best deals and enjoy our full service hospitality during their air travels”.
We are very pleased to build upon Expedia’s relationship with Malaysia Airlines, one of the country’
It would also appear that Expedia is using the Bank Settlement Plan (BSP) under the IATA Accreditation Certificate belongs to AirAsia Go Holidays Sdn Bhd.
Read about Sabre Travel Network in HERE.
AirAsia Go Holiday Sdn Bhd ( Co No; 661882-P) is a 100 % owned subsidiary of AirAsia Bhd and its directors are Datuk Kamarudin Meranun and Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. Its current total paid up capital was RM300,000.
According to Expedia’s website, AirAsia is its “partner”, in HERE.
The above are interesting developments for us to see from now on. The question is whether is it lawful for Expedia to use an IATA Accreditation Certificate belong to AirAsia Go Holidays Sdn Bhd, which is a 100 % owned subsidiary of AirAsia Bhd.
Could someone help to enlighten us whether Expedia had to be registered with Malaysian authority to operate in Malaysia? If so, whether Expedia has obtained such registration before operating?