Finnair has applied for permission to join the joint venture between British Airways and Japan Airlines (JAL).
The British and Japanese national carriers commenced their partnership in October 2012, jointly marketing and sharing revenue on routes between Japan and Europe. And subject to achieving the necessary regulatory approvals, Finnair will add its flights from Helsinki to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya to the joint venture.
“We are pleased to have taken one giant leap to include our oneworld partner Finnair in our joint business with British Airways,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, president of JAL. “With the strengthened partnership, we can improve our efficiencies to provide the travelling public between Europe and Japan with a more comprehensive network.”
Finnair’s three Japanese routes would add to the existing BA services from London Heathrow to Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports, and JAL’s daily flights from Narita and Haneda to London and Paris as well as from Narita to Frankfurt. The Japanese carrier also recently launched a new direct daily service between Narita and Helsinki.
JAL, BA and Finnair are all partners in the oneworld alliance.