From October 31, in addition to codesharing on JAL's new Hong Kong-Haneda flights, both airlines will also begin to market each other's flights linking...

From this fall, oneworld alliance members Japan Airlines (JAL) and Cathay Pacific Airways are expanding their codeshare partnership (subject to government approval) to include all flights operated by both carriers between Japan and Hong Kong.

At present, Japan Airlines places its ‘JL’ flight indicator on three daily Cathay Pacific-operated flights which connect Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka with Hong Kong. From October 31, however, in addition to codesharing on JAL’s new Hong Kong-Haneda flights, both airlines will also begin to market each other’s flights linking Hong Kong with Narita and Sapporo, increasing the number of codeshare flights to two per day operated by JAL and 16 per day operated by Cathay Pacific Airways.

“This is a favorable and appropriate time for us to extend our codeshare agreement,” says Masaru Onishi, Japan  Airlines’ president and chief operating officer.”  I am certain this development in our alliance will complement the convenience of flying to and from Haneda Airport, and oneworld customers in this region of growth will have more travel solutions than ever before as they continue to enjoy the high standards of both of our services.”

The Boeing 777-300ER forms the backbone of Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways' long-haul fleet. The airline has 30 of the type in service and on order for delivery by 2012

“Japan Airlines is one of our long-term code-share partners and we are pleased we are able to expand our cooperation with them in one of our major markets in Asia,” remarks Tony Tyler, Cathay Pacific Airways’ chief executive.

“This new agreement comes at a perfect time as we will be operating a twice-daily service to Haneda and increasing frequencies to Tokyo to seven daily from October 31.  The code-share flights with Japan Airlines will provide customers with even more choice,” says Rupert Hogg, Cathay Pacific’s director of sales and marketing.

The launch date for reserving and buying tickets on the new codeshare flights will be announced as soon as it is decided.

Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways say they will continue to explore possible codeshare arrangements beyond their Japan-Hong Kong routes so that they may further enhance travel options for oneworld customers in Asia in the near future.