All Nippon Airways and Philippine Airlines have agreed to establish a partnership covering areas such as codesharing and offering reciprocal frequent-flyer program privileges, subject to receiving required government approvals.
The commercial agreement will benefit customers of both airlines by providing them with greater booking choice and flexibility, according to All Nippon Airlines (ANA) and Philippine Airlines, which are the largest airlines in their respective home countries of Japan and the Philippines.
ANA and Philippine Airlines plan to begin codesharing on flights between Japan and the Philippines on October 26.
They also plan to begin offering reciprocal privileges in their frequent-flyer programs at the same time.
ANA began service in March between Tokyo Haneda Airport (IATA code HND) and Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) and Philippine Airlines has launched new daytime service this year between Manila and Haneda.
The two carriers will operate a total of 74 round-trips a week between Japan and the Philippines.
Under the new codeshare agreement, ANA will add its ‘NH’ flight code to Philippine Airlines-operated flights between Japan and the Philippines, and also to its new partner’s domestic flights within the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Philippine Airlines will add its ‘PR’ flight code to ANA’s flights between Japan and the Philippines and to domestic flights operated by the Japanese carrier.
According to the two airlines, the new agreement will enable their passengers between Japan and the Philippines to benefot from through check-in, reducing their minimum connection times at Ninoy Aquino International Airport from 120 minutes to 90 minutes when connecting to onward domestic flights.