JAL

Japan Airlines has taken delivery of its first two Boeing 787s, becoming only the second customer to receive a 787. JAL is also the first airline to take delivery of a Boeing 787 powered by General Electric GEnx engines.

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Japan Airlines will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 on March 25 and the aircraft (registered JA822J) will be flown from Everett to Tokyo Narita by JAL pilots the following day.

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Japan Airlines will launch non-stop Dreamliner service from Tokyo to San Diego in December and to Helsinki in March 2013. JAL has also announced new orders for 10 Boeing 787-9s and conversion of existing orders for 10 787-8s to the larger, longer-range 787-9.

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Through the agreement, which becomes effective on February 15, customers may book tickets for combined travel on JetBlue Airways and Japan Airlines through New York John F. Kennedy Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. Boston will follow on April 22.

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Flights between Frankfurt and Berlin operated six times a week by Air Berlin will be coded with JAL’s ‘JL’ flight designator from February 12, subject to the two carriers reaching government approvals. Codeshare tickets are now available for sale.

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On February 8 Japan Airlines submitted an application to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism seeking antitrust immunity to co-operate on flights between the EU and Japan with British Airways. Meanwhile, IAG is in contact with the European Union to seek antitrust immunity

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The codeshare agreement will place Japan Airlines’ ‘JL’ flight indicator on WestJet-operated flights between Vancouver and six Canadian cities – Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg – from December 15.

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The shared lounge at Honolulu International Airport is the two oneworld carriers’ first joint lounge since gaining antitrust immunity and becoming partners in a transpacific joint business in 2010.

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The deeper relationship will add Yantai to Japan Airlines’ network of 15 Chinese cities, and Shizuoka, Okayama and Nagasaki to China Eastern’s existing network of 12 Japanese cities.

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Panasonic’s broadband Ku connectivity solution eXConnect will be installed on JAL’s fleet of Boeing 777s and introduced on routes between Japan and its gateways in Europe and North America.

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The airline says it plans to operate the “highly anticipated” Boeing 787-8 configured with business and economy class seating on the route, making Boston the first destination named by JAL to be served by its Dreamliners.

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From June 1, JAL Mileage Bank members can earn mileage on all flights operated by China Eastern Airlines on Japan-China routes, as well as on Chinese domestic routes.

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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.

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Both airlines’ inaugural services from the Japanese capital’s newly expanded gateway departed within minutes of one another on the morning of February 20, local time.

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Japan Airlines and American Airlines have moved into the next phase of launching their transpacific joint business by starting joint selling in Japan on February 1.

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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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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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