Tokyo, Monday August 29: Japan Airlines and Mexicana Airlines (MX) have reached a code-share agreement based on connections in Los Angeles which will expand JAL's network in Mexico to four cities and provide Mexicana with access to Tokyo and Osaka in Japan.
Under the terms of the agreement JAL will be able to code share on daily Mexicana flights between Los Angeles and four destinations in Mexico, Mexico City, Guadalajara - Mexico's second biggest metropolis - and the popular tourist destinations of Los Cabos and Cancun. In return, Mexicana will be able to code share on daily flights operated by JAL between Los Angeles and Tokyo and Osaka. Subject to government approval, the agreement will come into effect on October 30 2005, with ticket sales scheduled to start on September 20th 2005. (The code shares are not for sale to passengers whose journey originates in or whose final destination is Los Angeles).
Currently JAL operates a twice-weekly B747-400 service between Tokyo and Mexico City routed via Vancouver.
With the inauguration of the new code share flights, JAL passengers will now have the option of daily services between Japan and Mexico.
The new agreement with Mexicana includes network expansion which, combined with smooth connections in Los Angeles, will greatly increase benefits to passengers' of both airlines with better travel options and more convenience. Implementation of a frequent flyer program (FFP) partnership is being discussed by JAL and Mexicana, and will be put into practice once its scope and terms are finalized.
Includingpassenger and cargo code-share agreements and frequent flier tie-ups, the new code share agreement with Mexicana Airlines increases to 27 the number of airlines with which JAL has bilateral partnerships.
A) Mexicana Airlines Operated Flights*
B) JAL Operated Flights*
F= First Class/ C = Business Class / Y =Economy Class, (+1) = arrival the day after departure.
*The above schedules may be subject to change.
About Mexicana Airlines
Mexico's leading international airline, Mexicana Airlines has served the Mexico- U.S. market for the past 76 years. Mexicana's alliances provide important benefits to its passengers, such as increased opportunities for the accrual and redemption of miles, access to Executive Lounges worldwide, an enhanced network of destinations and itineraries, and more efficient connections to partner networks. Mexicana boasts one of the highest on time performances within the industry. The fleet is considered one of the most modern in the world and from its operations hub at Mexico City International Airport, Mexicana flies to over 50 destinations in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Mexicana´s maintenance base is recognized as the first and the best facility in Latin America, as well as one of the best in the world. In 2004, Mexicana was awarded the World Travel Award for “Central & Latin America's Leading Airline” for the seventh year in a row. For more information, visit www.mexicana.com
About Japan Airlines
Asia's biggest airline group, Japan Airlines ranks third in the world in terms of total sales revenues, is the sixth largest airline group in the world in terms of passengers carried and eighth in the world in terms of traffic performance (revenue ton kilometers).
The JAL Group operates in two closely coordinated companies, Japan Airlines International - which handles all international passenger and cargo business - and Japan Airlines Domestic, operating all domestic passenger business. Coordinating the group is Japan Airlines Corporation, a holding company.
Originally founded in 1951 for domestic operations, JAL launched international services in February 1954. Today, JAL Group airlines serve 208 airports in 35 countries and territories, including 61 airports in Japan. The Group network extends over 227 international passenger routes and 36 international cargo routes. The JAL Group domestic network covers 166 routes (as of April 2005). Altogether, the 10* airlines of the JAL Group make a total of nearly 1,200 flights a day on domestic and international routes. (JALI, JALJ, JAA, JAZ, JTA, JEX, J-AIR, RAC, HAC, JAC).
JAL Group operates a fleet of 284* aircraft including 79 Boeing 747s and was the first airline in the world to take delivery of 100 Boeing 747 aircraft.
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