The FINANCIAL — Japan Airlines (JAL) and Alaska Airlines have agreed to expand their existing codeshare partnership, which will provide customers with an enhanced network to travel between Japan and cities in the U.S.
JAL initially entered a commercial partnership with Alaska Airlines in June 2016, which included codeshare agreements to provide new network opportunities in the U.S. and enhanced the frequent flyer program to enable opportunities to accumulate mileage and redeem award tickets.
With the merger of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America completed in December 2016, the carrier successfully expanded its network out of San Francisco and Los Angeles, making it the go-to airline for people on the West Coast. Through this agreement, JAL`s customers will have more flight options and access to key U.S. West Coast gateways, according to Japan Airlines.
Reservation and ticket sales for the new codeshare flights will start from February 6, 2018, pending government approvals.
“We are pleased to offer our customers more routes and destinations with our new partnership with Alaska Airlines,” said Hideki Oshima, JAL Executive Officer, International Relations and Alliances. “This expanded cooperation allows JAL to strengthen its own presence throughout the U.S.”
JAL operates a modern fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs and 787s between Japan and North America. JAL’s First and Business Class services feature private suites, 23-inch LCD monitors and Asian-inspired cuisine and beverages. The JAL SKY SUITE seat was named Best Business Class Airline Seat by Skytrax in 2013 and the JAL SKY WIDER seat in its Economy cabin was recognized for Best Economy Class Airline Seat in 2015 and 2017.
Alaska Airlines operates a fleet of Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 family aircraft. Flyers can enjoy free movies and TV streamed direct to customer devices, Free Chat to stay connected to those on the ground, mood lighting and power at nearly every seat.