Oneworld members Japan Airlines (JAL) and Iberia have finalized a codeshare agreement that will connect customers between Japan and Madrid via Europe.
From February 24, Japan Airlines is codesharing on flights operated by Iberia between Madrid and two of JAL’s destinations in Europe, London Heathrow and Frankfurt.
The agreement is a reinstatement of a previous codesharing deal between the two airlines. Until October last year, JAL offered customers a connection from Tokyo Narita to Madrid via Amsterdam, by placing its ‘JL’ flight code on Iberia flights between Amsterdam and Madrid. However, the codeshare arrangement was suspended when JAL terminated its nonstop service to Amsterdam in October.
Now, JAL and Iberia have reached a new agreement to offer customers flights to Madrid via Frankfurt or London, to which JAL operates Boeing 777-300ERs equipped with the airline’s Executive Shell Flat Seat and Premium Economy service.
Reservations and ticket sales begin on February 24.
The codeshare agreement sees JAL numbering Iberia’s Frankfurt-Madrid flight IB3503 as JL7843. This flight (operated by an Airbus A319 or an A320) leaves Frankfurt at 7:15 p.m. and lands at Madrid Barajas Airport at 9:45 p.m. In the other direction, JAL numbers Iberia’s flight IB3516 as JL7842. This flight departs Madrid at 3:50 p.m. and arrives at Frankfurt at 6:30 p.m.
On the London-Madrid route, JAL is numbering Iberia’s flight IB3171 as JL7841. This flight, operated by an A320 or an A321, is timed to push back from the gate at Heathrow at 5:35 p.m. and reach Madrid at 8:55 p.m., local time. In the other direction, JAL is listing Iberia’s flight IB3172 as JL7840. This flight departs Madrid at 3:15 p.m. and touches down at Heathrow at 4:35 p.m. local time.