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Qantas and Japan Airlines (JAL) will be forming a new joint business agreement to better serve customers travelling between Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
The coordination made possible through a joint business would enable Qantas and JAL to ramp up flights between Australia and Japan sooner than would otherwise be possible. The airlines have also flagged an intention to launch a new route between Australia and Japan and which will be announced once regulatory approval is received, borders open and demand returns.
The proposed five-year agreement also includes:
The airlines have submitted an application for authorisation to regulators in Australia and New Zealand, with a decision expected within six months. Subject to this regulatory approval, it is anticipated that the joint business would commence operations around July 2021, when Qantas has said it expects its international network to gradually restart.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said this venture would play a vital role in reviving trade links with the world’s third-largest economy and deliver significant benefits for customers travelling between Australia and Japan.
“The joint business means we’ll be able to build on our existing relationship with JAL through oneworld to offer more routes, better flight connections and more benefits to frequent flyers. It also helps us diversify our portfolio of joint businesses amongst Australia’s key trading partners,” noted Joyce.
Japan Airlines’ president Yuji Akasaka added: “We believe that a joint business with Qantas will make for a quicker recovery between both countries with the ability to expand connectivity within each carrier’s respective domestic network, providing more customer choice and travel growth opportunities.”