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Malaysia, Northwest Airlines Agree

September 23, 1999

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ Malaysia and Northwest Airlines have struck a deal to share frequent flyer programs and other flight arrangements.

It is the first such arrangement between an American and Malaysian carrier.

The deal will allow members of each carrier’s frequent-flyer program to earn travel credits and redeem awards on both airlines as of Nov. 1, the airlines said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

The carriers have also entered a code-sharing deal on their Kuala Lumpur-Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpur-Detroit routes. The companies said they plan to expand their code-sharing plan to include domestic routes in Malaysia and the United States in the future.

Airlines that agree to share their flight codes can exchange seat allocations on each other’s flights and market them using their own flight numbers.

The partnership between Malaysian and Northwest Airlines may also include code-share services on select Malaysia-Asia routes and Malaysia-U.S. services operated via the Middle East and Europe, the carriers said.

That part of the agreement is expected to be filed with the respective government agencies next week for implementation of the code-sharing agreement around January 2000.

Northwest Airlines is the only U.S. passenger airline to fly to Malaysia, with three weekly flights from the United States to Kuala Lumpur with a stop in Osaka, Japan.

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