Japan Airlines and American Airlines have moved into the next phase of launching their transpacific joint business by starting joint selling in Japan on...

Japan Airlines (JAL) and American Airlines have moved into the next phase of launching their transpacific joint business by starting joint selling in Japan on February 1.

The two airlines say they have coordinated more closely most of their Business Class and Economy Class fares for North America-bound flights originating from Japan, with effect from April 1 – the day American Airlines and Japan Airlines start operating their transpacific joint business.


According to JAL and American, as a result of the two airlines’ tighter relationship and closer coordination, it will now be easier for customers to benefit from carrier-filed discount fares for itineraries using both airlines, as well as a combination of different classes of service. Some, but not all, combinations of carrier-filed fares within Economy Class will also now be available.

This all means that collectively the two airlines will be able to offer new possible combinations of class of service and more destinations for transpacific itineraries, at a wider range of fares.

Oneworld-alliance members American Airlines and Japan Airlines launch their transpacific joint business on April 1, 2011, with JAL having moved terminals at Chicago O'Hare International Airport to American's terminal 3 on March 27 in preparation for the two airlines' greatly increased cooperation

American Airlines and JAL say that previously it was much more difficult and expensive to combine itineraries between airlines, or when the class of service was not the same for a round trip, because of restrictions which limited carrier-filed discount fares to the use of a single airline’s flights or to one class of service.

Now, the two airlines’ closer cooperation and commencement of joint selling will give customers greater access to lower fares and also many more choices when making travel arrangements, according to American and JAL.

Through American’s route network in North America, JAL will increase the number of destinations it sells in North America to some 200 cities, which American also continues to sell.

Similarly, in the near future from North America, the partners expects their joint business to increase the number of Asian destinations that American can sell, and that JAL will continue to sell.

Customers originating in Japan will have a greater opportunity to access lower fares to more destinations as a result of the new joint-selling arrangement, according to JAL and American.