1 February 2013 © David Eyre
Malaysia Airlines today joined the Oneworld airline alliance at midnight on the night of 31 January/1 February 2013.
At a ceremony at Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday morning (31 January), Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-300 9M-MTE was rolled out in the Oneworld alliance colours. Oneworld requires all member airlines to decorate some of their aircraft in Oneworld alliance livery as part of promotional activities. The special alliance livery features “oneworld” in two metre high blue letters on the forward fuselage.
A formal joining ceremony and press conference was held later that afternoon with Malaysia Airlines’ Group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Oneworld CEO Bruce Ashby and Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce – Qantas sponsored Malaysia Airlines joining the alliance and provided support during the process.
9M-MTE performed its first service in the new livery as flight MH129 from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne.
Airbus A380 9M-MND and Boeing 737-800 9M-MXB will be decorated in Oneworld titles in the the next few months. All of the rest of the Malaysia Airlines fleet will have a 30 centimetre diameter Oneworld logo placed on the forward fuselage next to the main passenger entry door overnight after the end of operations. Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Bruce Ashby and Alan Joyce placed the first of those logos on the side of 9M-MXB at the joining ceremonies.