Just two months after the U.S. Department of Transportation followed the Japanese government in granting final approval for a joint transpacific business involving American Airlines and Japan Airlines, the two carriers announce they have agreed to launch their joint business on April 1.

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Japan Airlines and Qantas subsidiary Jetstar Airways have reached an agreement to expand their codeshare partnership to include flights operated by Jetstar on routes linking Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Osaka’s Kansai International Airport with Gold Coast Airport in Queensland from November 25.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted final approval to the joint request by American Airlines and Japan Airlines for antitrust immunity for their proposed joint business between North America and Asia.

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Japan Airlines 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.

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Reservations and ticket purchasing for Japan Airlines’s new codeshare on American’s flights between New York and Sao Paulo begin on October 28, subject to government approval.

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Japan Airlines will put into service a new international executive-class seat, the JAL Sky Recliner, when it takes delivery of four new Boeing 767-300ERs from this month. The new 767s are also equipped with MAGIC V, the newly updated, most advanced version of JAL’s in-flight entertainment system.

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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.

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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 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.

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Including new codeshare flights with American to six destinations in the United States via San Francisco and with Air France to 14 cities in Europe via Paris, JAL is set to expand its international network from Haneda.

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From August 1, JAL will put its ‘JL’ flight prefix on flights operated by Finnair between Helsinki and seven additional European cities.

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American Airlines has been awarded final approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to operate daily, year-round, nonstop service between New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and Haneda International Airport near downtown Tokyo, connecting two of the world’s principal financial centers.

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Struggling Japan Airlines has decided to discontinue service on 15 international routes on which it operates a total of 86 weekly round-trip flights, as well as cutting 30 domestic routes on which it operates up to 58 daily round-trip flights.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has given initial approval for the application by American Airlines and four of its international partners for anti-trust immunity ― that is, immunity from monopolies prosecution ― to form an international joint venture.

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The oneworld alliance is campaigning to gain a bigger market share in Italy with a new advertising campaign that oneworld says marks a world first, and by inviting other alliances’ frequent flyers in Italy to join any oneworld airline’s loyalty scheme and have their existing tier-status matched.

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