Malaysia Airlines to operate charter flights between KL, Istanbul

Malaysia Airlines will fly to Istanbul three times a week, using its Airbus 330 aircraft, from October to December.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) has partnered Turkish-Dorak Holdings to provide charter flights between Kuala Lumpur and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport from October to December.

A three-month agreement signed between the national carrier and Turkish-Dorak on Friday will see the airline operating charter flights three times a week, using its Airbus 330 aircraft.

MAB group chief executive officer Izham Ismail said that following the signing of the agreement, Malaysia Airlines will be the first Malaysian carrier to land at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport since it was acquired by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd in 2015.

“As the national carrier of Malaysia, we are the first touch point of Malaysia and the first touch point for travellers to experience Malaysian hospitality.

“We hope that through this agreement, we are able to promote more of Malaysia to Turkey and, at the same time, attract new markets to visit Malaysia,” he said in a statement.

The agreement was signed between Hazman Hilmi Sallahuddin, a member of the senior management team of MAB, and Ahmet Serdar Körükçü, chairman of the board of Dorak Holdings.