JAL and American announce joint benefits for trans-Pacific customers


Japan Airlines and American Airlines today announced they have decided to commence their joint business from April 1, 2011, based on the expected start of revenue-sharing on applicable trans-Pacific flights. The airlines, after receiving regulatory approvals from the Japanese Government and the U.S. Department of Transportation, are using a phased approach to bring more travel choices and greater benefits to consumers as quickly as possible and to maximize the value for stakeholders.

Customers can expect to benefit from better flight schedules, expanded codesharing, more coordinated services, and greater access to a wider variety of fares. Japan Airlines will also co-locate in American’s Terminal 3 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport effective March 27, when Japan Airlines’ summer schedule begins. Additional consumer benefits over the coming months are expected as the cooperation level deepens between the two airlines.

In addition, to bring benefits to consumers sooner, Japan Airlines and American are announcing a jointly-formulated commemorative trans-Pacific economy-class airfare for sale in Japan from today for travel between February 1 and March 31, 2011. Historically, routings involving both airlines were typically only available at much higher fare levels.

Applicable routes: Tokyo – San Francisco; Los Angeles; Chicago; New York; Dallas/Fort Worth. Customers may choose to fly Japan Airlines, American Airlines or a combination of both airlines on these routes.