Hawaiian Airlines Announces Partnership and Joint Venture with Japan Airlines

By Paul Riegler on 26 September 2017
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Hawaiian Airlines said Tuesday it will enter into a code-sharing agreement with Japan Airlines. The two carriers also plan to form a joint venture in the coming months that will expand access between Japan and Hawaii.

The initial agreement provides for code sharing, lounge access, and frequent flyer program reciprocity.

The partnership will go into effect on March 25, 2018, pending government approval.

Hawaiian will end its existing partnership with JAL competitor All Nippon Airways at that time. That partnership has been in effect since 2012.

Hawaiian and JAL will continue to work towards forming a joint venture over the next few months.

“JAL and Hawaiian will be seeking an even deeper partnership in the coming months by applying for approval from our respective governments to operate under an antitrust immunized joint venture agreement,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s CEO.

The codeshare agreement will give Hawaiian Airlines customers access to JAL’s extensive domestic network and JAL customers access to Hawaiian flights including non-stop flights linking Sapporo and Honolulu.

Members of the two airlines’ frequent flyer programs, HawaiianMiles and JAL Mileage Bank, will be able to earn miles on codeshare flights with plans for additional opportunities to accrue and redeem miles at a future date. Passengers with elite status or traveling in a premium cabin will have access to both airlines’ lounges.

In addition, Hawaiian will relocate to Terminal 2 at Tokyo Narita Airport. The move will allow passengers to transfer more easily between the two airlines.

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