Japan Airlines and Aeroflot Russian Airlines
have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a strategic
Since visa requirements for Japanese and Russian
nationals were relaxed on 1 January 2017, the demand between the
two countries has been steadily increasing and the two airlines
have agreed to work together to further stimulate travel between
the two countries.
As a first step, JAL and Aeroflot have agreed
to start codeshare flights between Japan and Russia as well as
on Aeroflot's domestic flights, and JAL's domestic and
The first stage of the codeshare
cooperation is planned to be implemented after fiscal year 2018.
In addition to the codeshare cooperation, JAL
and Aeroflot will pursue the development of the partnership
in various other areas including frequent flyer programs, airport
relocation, while considering a joint business in the future.
"As the only airline in Japan operating to
Russia for over 50 years, the launch of a forward looking
partnership with PJSC Aeroflot demonstrates our strong commitment
to this very important market. As we jointly started the
Tokyo-Moscow flight 50 years ago, this strategic cooperation of
mutual benefits will offer both airlines' customers more options
and flexibility," said Tadashi Fujita, JAL Executive Vice
Japan Airlines currently operates four weekly
flights to Moscow Domodedovo Airport from Tokyo Narita Airport
using Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Between July to October 2017, the
frequency had temporarily increased to seven flights per week to
accommodate the demand during the peak summer season in 2017.
Aeroflot operates daily non-stop flights
year-round from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport to Tokyo Narita
Airport. Flights from Moscow are operated with Airbus 330-300
Mr. Giorgio Callegari,
PJSC Aeroflot Deputy CEO for Strategy and Alliances, said, "The
Japanese market is a long-standing and important one for Aeroflot.
We believe that by expanding our partnership with JAL for both
direct and transit traffic we will be able to further develop this
market by providing more opportunities for our passengers."
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