JAL and China Eastern Airlines expand partnership


Japan Airlines (JAL) announced today that it will expand its partnership with China Eastern Airlines (MU) to increase the number of eligible flights under the airlines’ Mileage Partnership Agreement making it easier for customers to earn and redeem mileage. From June 1, 2011, JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) members*1 can earn mileage on all flights*2 operated by MU on Japan=China routes as well as China domestic routes including non-codeshare flights that were not applicable for mileage accumulation before. Consequently, JMB members can now accrue mileage on additional 28 routes with 154 MU-operated flights a week.

JAL and MU first entered into a mileage agreement in February 2008 and have also been codeshare partners since 2002. Currently, JAL codeshares on MU-operated flights plying 18 routes between China and Japan and on 5 Chinese domestic routes.

Together with the comprehensive network of its partner airlines Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) and Dragonair (KA) – fellow members in the quality airline alliance oneworld, as well as MU – one of China’s leading airline with a network of 44 international destinations and 243 domestic routes, JAL strives to bring customers traveling between Japan and China greater convenience and benefits.

Number of JMB members: 23.66 million members (at the end of March, 2011)
MU marketed flights operated by Shanghai Airlines (FM) under MU umbrella, or by any other airline (except JAL) are ineligible for mileage accumulation by JMB members.