11 Jun 2012
Brian Higgs, reporting from IATA 68th AGM & World Air Transport Summit, Beijing, June 11, 2012
JAPAN Airlines (JAL) and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) have expanded their respective networks through a new codeshare agreement between the member and member-elect of the oneworld airline alliance, effective July 1, 2012.
Beginning June 12, 2012, JAL will start marketing MAS-operated flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo (Narita) and Osaka (Kansai), and to other Malaysian points including Kota Kinabalu, Kota Tinggi, Penang, Langkawi, Kuching and Kuantan.
JAL will also market MAS-operated flights to regional destinations such as Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi in India, and Male, the capital of the Maldives.
Conversely, MAS will place its flight indicator on JAL-operated flights connecting Tokyo (Narita) to Fukuoka, Nagoya and Sapporo in Japan, and to nine international cities including Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul, resort destinations such as Guam and Honolulu, and Boston, Chicago and New York in the US.
“(This codeshare partnership with JAL) gives us an excellent opportunity to expand our reach without having to mount our own flights to cities in Japan and beyond in North Asia and the US,” said MAS group CEO, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.
“We hope to enter more codeshare relationships with other oneworld partners progressively in the coming months," he added.
Sourced: TTG Asia