Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines File for Antitrust Immunity as Part of Joint Venture

By Anna Breuer on 14 June 2018
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Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines announced that the two have applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism to form a joint venture that would enjoy antitrust immunity.

The two airlines promise “significant advantages” for consumers including lower fares and additional travel options.

“This joint venture will combine two premier brands in the highly competitive Japan-Hawaii market, and travelers from both of our countries will benefit,” said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian’s CEO.

If approved by both governmental regulators, the joint venture would allow Hawaiian to offer access to 34 destinations in Japan including Nagoya and Okinawa, as well as 11 destinations in other Asian countries. Japan Airlines would gain access to Hawaiian’s non-stop flights to Honolulu from Haneda and Sapporo as well as to Hawaiian’s “Neighbor Island” for travel between the Hawaiian islands.

The two airlines said they hope to gain approval by late 2018 to enable them to launch the joint venture in the second quarter of 2019.

In September 2017, the two carriers announced a partnership that included code sharing, lounge access, and frequent flyer program reciprocity.

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