Oneworld members Japan Airlines (JAL) and Cathay Pacific Airways have agreed to extend their existing codeshare deal to allow JAL to codeshare on flights operated by Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore to destinations in Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe.
This deeper cooperation follows a recent announcement by the two Asian carriers that they will codeshare on all flights operated by Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways on every route between Japan and Hong Kong and on 13 selected domestic routes operated by JAL, starting from October 31.
From November 1, JAL will begin to codeshare on flights operated by Cathay Pacific between Hong Kong and Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi, Penang, Surabaya and Ho Chi Minh City in Asia. Japan Airlines will also codeshare on Cathay Pacific’s flights between Hong Kong and Johannesburg, Brisbane, Rome and Milan.
Within South East Asia, Cathay Pacific Airways also operates on the Bangkok-Mumbai, Bangkok-New Delhi and Singapore-Colombo routes and JAL will begin placing its ‘JL’ flight indicator on these Cathay Pacific flights on November 1 as well.
The new agreement expands JAL’s network overall by 11 destinations and 13 routes, according to the Japanese carrier.
JAL notes that Hong Kong is not only a robust Asian business center which is in close proximity to Japan, but its Chek Lap Kok International Airport is an excellent aviation hub with sophisticated infrastructure and an extensive network that provides for smooth transfers and flight connections.
The airline says that their new codeshare cooperation on flights between Hong Kong and Japan and to key Asian gateways via Hong Kong, should allow JAL and Cathay Pacific to fortify the oneworld network in this high-growth region.
Reservations and ticket purchases for JAL’s new codeshare flights on Cathay Pacific Airways begin on October 29 for travel from November 1.