Malaysia Airlines has officially joined the oneworld frequent-flier alliance.

For oneworld, the addition of Malaysia Airlines and its Kuala Lumpur hub give the alliance an important connecting point in Southeast Asia. Previously, the alliance’s only other hub presence in the immediate region was at Hong Kong, which is the base for oneworld member Cathay Pacific.

As for oneworld, it says the addition of the new destinations added via Malaysia Airlines will extend the alliance’s coverage to 842 destinations in 156 countries.

Photo Credit: A Malaysia Airlines plane sits at its hub in Kuala Lumpur. Alice Ling / Flickr