Malaysia Airlines links up to Global Explorer round-the-world fare

01 February 2012

oneworld® member elect Malaysia Airlines starts participating in Global Explorer from tomorrow, adding one of the most attractive networks in South East Asia to the round-the-world fare offered by all members of the alliance and selected other airlines.

For customers, the move represents a first step by Malaysia Airlines towards its implementation into oneworld, which is on track for later this year - when it will start participating in the full range of the alliance's fares and offering all the alliance's other services and benefits.

Meantime, from tomorrow, Malaysia Airlines' full global schedule, covering 60 destinations in nearly 30 countries worldwide, will be covered by the Global Explorer round-the-world fare. 

This will add almost 20 more cities in South East Asia and two more countries - Brunei and Myanmar - to the Global Explorer map, expanding the round-the-world fare's global coverage to more than 900 destinations in some 150 countries.

oneworld member elect Kingfisher Airlines already participates in Global Explorer, ahead of its implementation to the alliance on 10 February, with fellow member elect airberlin's network to be added when it boards oneworld later this spring.  Both will start participating in the full range of the oneworld fares once they join the alliance.

Global Explorer also covers all routes offered by oneworld's existing member airlines - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and Russia's S7 plus some 20 affiliated carriers, including LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador, LAN Peru, China's Dragonair and South Africa's Comair. 

Global Explorer includes too a number of airlines that have no links with oneworld - Aer Lingus, Air Pacific, Alaska Airlines and its Horizon Airlines sister, Gulf Air and Meridianafly.  Flights carrying the Qantas code but operated by Air Tahiti Nui, Jetstar, South African Airways and Vietnam Airlines are included too, expanding the reach covered by the fare further still. 

Destinations Malaysia Airlines adds to Global Explorer include Myanmar capital Yangon, Indonesia's Medan, Cambodia's Siem Rep and Malaysia's Langkawi and Kuching.

Global Explorer offers simple, flexible, and great value round-the-world travel for trips of up to one year long.  For details, see below.

Global Explorer is one of two round-the-world fares offered by oneworld.  The alliance's other round-the-world fare is oneworld Explorer.  This includes travel on the alliance's existing member airlines and affiliates only.  Uniquely, prices are based on the number of continents visited, rather than on the distance flown. 

oneworld offers one of the most extensive ranges of alliance fares.   For those who don't want to fly all around the world, these include Circle fares for traveling through several continents without actually circumnavigating the globe and Visit passes for each continent.  

About Global Explorer

Four versions of Global Explorer are available.  Tiers 1, 2 and 4 are for travel only in Economy Class, but Tier 3 can be used also in First or Business.  Not all tiers are available from all countries.


Max. trip






Sample lead-in fares for travel from

(excluding taxes/levies/charges)






26 000 Miles

Minimum 2, maximum 5.  No more than 2 within any one region.

Melbourne - Kuala Lumpur - London - Madrid - Chicago - Los Angeles - Melbourne

A$ 3 299

GBP 1 850

US$ 3 799

MYR 11 184


29 000 Miles

Minimum 2, maximum 15  No more than 4 within any one region.

London - New York - Los Angeles - Kuala Lumpur - Perth - Johannesburg - London

A$ 3 899

GBP 2 131

US$ 5 399

MYR 12 810


34 000 Miles

Minimum 2, maximum 15.  No more than 4 within any one region.

Kuala Lumpur - Sydney - Nadi (Fiji) - Honolulu - Los Angeles - Santiago (Chile) - Buenos Aires - London - Bahrain - Mumbai - Bangkok - Kuala Lumpur

A$ 4 499

GBP 2 630

US$ 6 199

MYR 15 085


39 000 Miles

Minimum 2 maximum 15.  No more than 4 within any one region.

Sydney - Los Angeles - New York - Miami - Buenos Aires - Lima - Santiago - Madrid - Paris - Budapest - London - Kuala Lumpur - Sydney

A$ 5 199

GBP 3 067

US$ 7 199

MYR 18 171

For full information, bookings arrangements, rules and conditions, see or contact any participating airline or your local travel agent.

About Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines serves 60 destinations globally in almost 30 countries across Asia, Australasia, Europe, Africa and North America, with a fleet of 88 aircraft.  It carried 15,7 million passengers in 2010.

Both Malaysia Airlines and its Kuala Lumpur hub are among the industry's most frequent winners of awards for quality service.   Malaysia Airlines itself has won the World's Best Cabin Crew title from the Skytrax airline quality rating agency in six of the past 10 years.  It is currently holder of Skytrax's World's Best Economy Class award.  In the latest (2010) World Travel Awards, UK it was named Asia's Leading Airline, World's Leading Airline to Asia and Asia's Leading Business Class Airline.

About oneworld

oneworld is the world's premier global airline alliance, enabling its members to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own.  These include a broader route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points across the combined oneworld network and more airport lounges.  

oneworld was named the Best Airline Alliance by Global Traveler in its GT Tested Reader Survey 2011 Awards for the second year running, the World's Leading Airline Alliance in the 2011 World Travel Awards, retaining that title for the ninth consecutive year, and the World's Best Alliance title in the debut Australian Business Traveller 2011 awards.