KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia Airlines will become a full member of Oneworld 1 February 2013.

Malaysia’s national carrier received clearance to join Oneworld after successfully completing a thorough review of its readiness conducted by Qantas, which is sponsoring its entry into the alliance.

Malaysia Airlines will help to expand the alliance’s network in Southeast Asia, by adding 14 destinations and a new country addition – Brunei – to the Oneworld map.

Its addition it will expand Oneworld’s global cover to some 840 destinations in 156 countries.

Add oneworld’s other members elect – Qatar Airways and Sri Lankan Airlines – and the alliance network reaches to 856 destinations in 159 countries.

Currently, three of Oneworld’s active member airlines serve three points in Malaysia, with Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Royal Jordanian flying to Kuala Lumpur, Cathay Pacific operating to Penang and its Dragonair regional affiliate to Kota Kinabalu.

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