UK-based airline British Airways (BA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) announced plans to create a partnership to share revenues for flights between Europe and Japan.
The two companies are already members in the same airline alliance, oneworld. “We have very close links with JAL and look forward to enhancing that relationship further,” said Willie Walsh, the CEO of International Airlines Group, the entity which British Airways is a part of.
“Despite the difficulties the Japanese aviation market has faced in recent years, we have great confidence in JAL’s business outlook and the overall market’s future prospects,” he added.
Japan Airlines needed state help in 2010 when it faced bankruptcy. It received Y350 billion in a revival plan that brought it back on course and it is now again profitable.
“JAL seeks to continue improving customer experiences all around, including through tighter cooperation with our quality partners as the industry liberalises,” said JAL president Masaru Onishi.
The Japanese airline has started another joint venture last year, with American Airlines, for Pacific flights.