~ Agreement Expands JAL`s Network throughout the United States ~
Japan Airlines (JAL) and Alaska Airlines have agreed to expand their existing codeshare partnership, which will provide customers with an enhanced network to travel between Japan and cities in the U.S.
JAL initially entered a commercial partnership with Alaska Airlines in June 2016, which included codeshare agreements to provide new network opportunities in the U.S. and enhanced the frequent flyer program to enable opportunities to accumulate mileage and redeem award tickets.
With the merger of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America completed in December 2016, the carrier successfully expanded its network out of San Francisco and Los Angeles, making it the go-to airline for people on the West Coast. Through this agreement, JAL`s customers will have more flight options and access to key U.S. West Coast gateways.
Reservation and ticket sales for the new codeshare flights will start from February 6, 2018, pending government approvals.
“We are pleased to offer our customers more routes and destinations with our new partnership with Alaska Airlines,” said Hideki Oshima, JAL Executive Officer, International Relations and Alliances. “This expanded cooperation allows JAL to strengthen its own presence throughout the U.S.”
JAL operates a modern fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs and 787s between Japan and North America. JAL’s First and Business Class services feature private suites, 23-inch LCD monitors and Asian-inspired cuisine and beverages. The JAL SKY SUITE seat was named Best Business Class Airline Seat by Skytrax in 2013 and the JAL SKY WIDER seat in its Economy cabin was recognized for Best Economy Class Airline Seat in 2015 and 2017.
Alaska Airlines operates a fleet of Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 family aircraft. Flyers can enjoy free movies and TV streamed direct to customer devices, Free Chat to stay connected to those on the ground, mood lighting and power at nearly every seat.
Additional codeshare flights with Alaska Airlines (AS):
1. Reservation and ticket sales will be available from February 6, 2018. (Japan Time)
2. Codeshare agreement will start for flights operated on/after May 20, 2018. (US Time)
About Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 44 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America" in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 10 consecutive years from 2008 to 2017. Learn more about Alaska's award-winning service at newsroom.alaskaair.com and blog.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).
About Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded in 1951 and became the first international airline in Japan. A member of the oneworld® alliance, the airline now reaches more than 344 airports in 56 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners with a modern fleet of more than 230 aircraft. JAL Mileage Bank (JMB), the airline`s loyalty program, has reached over 31 million members worldwide. Awarded one of the most punctual major international airlines, JAL is committed to providing customers with the highest levels of flight safety and supreme quality in every aspect of its service, and aims to become the most preferred airline in the world.
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