The Japanese government has approved the proposed joint business between Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair.
The country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism (MLIT) has offered given anti-trust immunity (ATI) for the new three-way alliance, permitting the airlines to coordinate fares and schedules on routes between Japan and Europe.
To be launched next spring, the alliance will see the airlines join forces on Finnair’s routes from Helsinki to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, BA’s services from London to Tokyo and JAL’s flights from Tokyo to London and Paris, Frankfurt and Helsinki.
The oneworld partners will codeshare on these routes, sharing revenue and offering reciprocal frequent flyer benefits.
“We would like to thank the regulator for approving our application for ATI with Finnair joining Japan Airlines and British Airways in our current joint business between Europe and Japan,” said JAL’s president, Yoshiharu Ueki. “Amid the evolving Japanese aviation industry, the ATI will enable us to build a stronger value-creating relationship with British Airways and Finnair that can further benefit our customers as well as our business.”