Japan Airlines’ expanded joint venture with British Airways and Finnair will launch on 1 April 2014.
The partnership will see the three airlines – all of which are members of the oneworld alliance – coordinate schedules and pricing and share revenues on flights between Japan and Europe.
JAL and BA have been operating a joint venture since 2012, and last October Japanese regulators gave Finnair permission to join the partnership. The three airlines began selling joint fares on select routes in February 2014, and flights will start in April.
Included in the agreement are Finnair’s flights from Helsinki to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, JAL’s services from Tokyo to Helsinki, Frankfurt, Paris and London, and BA’s flights from London to Tokyo’s two airports – Narita and Haneda.
“The start of three carriers’ joint business between Europe and Japan is one of the great milestones in our Mid-Term Management Plan,” said JAL’s president, Yoshiharu Ueki. “Tighter cooperation with our oneworld partners, British Airways and Finnair, will provide more seamless, consistent services and more travel choices for our customers.”
Following the start of the expanded joint venture, passengers will be able to book and check-in with any of the three airlines, regardless of which is carrier is operating the route.