- Twice daily service between Tokyo and Helsinki-
Tokyo, November 30: Japan Airlines and Finnair (AY) have concluded a code sharing agreement which will provide JAL passengers with a twice-daily service between Tokyo and Helsinki.
The agreement will allow JAL to place its flight numbers on specified daily
intra-Europe round-trip flights operated by Finnair between Helsinki and
Amsterdam or Frankfurt. This network expansion will provide JAL passengers with a twice-daily service between Japan and Finland, as the new code share flights provide smooth connections with JAL's existing non-stop daily services between Tokyo (Narita Int'l), and Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
The agreement will offer passengers better travel options and more convenience, and contribute greatly to the exchange of culture, commerce and people between Japan and Finland. It will further strengthen JAL's international passenger network in Europe increasing to 23 the number of European cities served by the airline either directly or by code share. JAL already offers daily services from Japan to the Nordic countries of Denmark and Sweden.
As a part of the agreement, Finnair will be able to code share on five one-way Japan domestic routes operated by JAL aircraft and crew serving the cities of Fukuoka, Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo.
JAL and Finnair plan to introduce the new code share flights from December 19, 2005. Ticket sales of the new code share flights are planned for December 15 2005, subject to government approval.
In future, the two airlines plan to link their frequent flyer programs.
JAL/ Finnair Code share Details
*The above schedules may be subject to change
Finnair, one of the world's oldest operating airlines, was established in 1923. The airline is Finland's biggest airline and the national flag carrier. Operating out of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Finnair serves approximately 50 international destinations and 16 destinations within Finland. In September 1999 the airline became a full member of the global oneworld alliance. www.finnair.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).
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. www.jal.com
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