Oneworld alliance members Japan Airlines and Qantas Airways are expanding their long-running codesharing partnership to allow JAL to keep Brisbane in its network after it suspends direct flights there.
From October 1, Japan Airlines will codeshare with Qantas on flights operated by Qantas between Singapore and Brisbane.
The expanded codesharing agreement with oneworld partner Qantas Airways allows JAL to retain Brisbane in its international network as it suspends its direct flights between Tokyo Narita and Brisbane from September 30, after 22 years of flying to the Australian city.
JAL and Qantas first started to codeshare on flights in April 1986. At present, JAL markets flights operated by Qantas from Singapore to Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth. JAL will continue to serve and support customers traveling between Australia and Japan for leisure or for work with these codeshare arrangements and two daily flights connecting Tokyo and Singapore.
Reservations and ticket purchase for the codeshare flights begin on October 1.
The new codeshare will see JAL listing Qantas’ daily Singapore-Brisbane flight QF052 in its booking database as JL5077. This flight departs Singapore’s Changi International Airport (SIN) at 9:25 p.m. and arrives at Brisbane International Airport (BNE) at 6:50 a.m. the following day.
JAL is listing Qantas’ flight QF051 between Brisbane and Singapore as JL5078. This flight leaves BNE at 1:55 p.m. and arrives at SIn at 7:50 p.m. local time the same day.
To allow passengers flying on JAL tickets to travel between Tokyo and Brisbane via Singapore as conveniently as possible, Japan Airlines recommends its connecting flight JL519 between Tokyo and Singapore, which leaves Narita International Airport (NRT) at 10:55 a.m. and reaches SIN at 5:10 p.m. local time; and JL710 from Singapore to Narita, which departs SIN at 10:40 p.m. and lands at NRT at 6:45 a.m. the next day local time. Both flights operate daily.