Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific, both members
of the oneworld airline alliance, have entered into an agreement
to expand their codeshare partnership, subject to government
approval, to include all flights operated by both carriers between
Japan and Hong Kong from this fall.
At present, JAL places its ‘JL' flight indicator
on three daily CX-operated flights that connect Osaka, Nagoya and
Fukuoka with Hong Kong. From 31 October 2010 however, in addition
to codesharing on the newly-established Hong Kong - Haneda
flights, both airlines will also begin to market each other's
flights linking Hong Kong with Narita and Sapporo, increasing the
number of codeshare flights to 2 per day operated by JAL, and 16
per day operated by CX.
Commenting on the strengthened
relationship between the two carriers, Japan Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Masaru Onishi said,
"This is a favorable and appropriate time for us to extend our
codeshare agreement. I am certain this development in our alliance
will complement the convenience of flying to and from Haneda
Airport, and oneworld customers in this region of growth will have
more travel solutions than ever before as they continue to enjoy
the high standards of both of our services."
Cathay Pacific Director Sales and Marketing,
Rupert Hogg, added, "This new agreement comes at a perfect time as
we will be operating a twice-daily service to Haneda and
increasing frequencies to Tokyo to seven daily from 31 October.
The codeshare flights with Japan Airlines will provide customers
with even more choice."
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