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JAL and Hawaiian announce a new partnership

September 28, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Hawaiian Airlines are to form a joint-venture partnership which will see them share codes and provide each other’s passengers with lounge access and frequent flyer reciprocity.

The deal is expected to start from 25 March 2018, subject to government approval.

“This year marks the 63rd year since we opened the Hawaii route and our partnership will mark a new start,” Yoshiharu Ueki, representative director and president of JAL, told a news conference in Tokyo.

The Japan Times noted that the deal was the latest of several partnerships JAL had announced since restrictions on investment and route-expansion were lifted in March. The restrictions stemmed from the 2010 government bailout of the airline, after JAL declared one of Japan’s biggest-ever bankruptcies.

Hawaiian and JAL announce their new partnership

Newly buoyant JAL has started nonstop service from Tokyo to Melbourne and this month added services between Narita Airport and Kona in Hawaii. It recently announced code-share agreements with Vietnamese budget carrier Vietjet Air and India’s Vistara, part of the Tata group.

Hawaiian Airlines has worked closely with All Nippon Airways (ANA – JAL’s big rival and Japan’s largest airline) since 2012. A spokesman for ANA told the Japan Times that their code-share deal would be terminated next March.

President and chief executive of Hawaiian Airlines, Mark Dunkerley, described Japanese business as “the crown jewel of our international portfolio” said. He said the two companies were working to form a joint venture in the coming months.

Written by Peter Needham

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