The joint venture is initially proposed to run for five years and would aim to provide benefits, including:
- An expanded codeshare relationship and optimized schedules on flights between Australia and New Zealand and Japan
- Frequent flyer benefits enhanced for Qantas and JAL customers, including the ability to upgrade using points or miles on each other’s services
- Streamlined processes for disruption management and investments in in-flight and ground products and services, designed to better serve common carrier customers
- More premium travel opportunities, with Qantas able to offer customers more Business and Premium Economy seats on JAL operated flights
- Coordinate prices, schedules, sales and tourism marketing to develop new and improved travel products, providing more choices for customers
Japan Airlines Chairman Yuji Akasaka said the two carriers have operated flights between Japan and Australia for more than 50 years, “demonstrating our mutual commitment to support and strengthen the diplomatic relations established by the two countries.” .
Meanwhile, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said:
“About half a million people visited Australia from Japan in 2019. We want tourism to pick up and grow even more by making it easier for Japanese travelers to visit.
“The joint venture means that we will be able to build on our existing relationship with JAL through oneworld to offer more routes, better air connections and more benefits for frequent flyers. It also helps us diversify our portfolio of joint ventures among Australia’s major trading partners.
“It will be a victory for our customers, a victory for the business and a victory for the million people who work in tourism across Australia.”
Last month, Joyce said that once vaccines are readily available, proof of a jab would be “a necessity” for passengers wishing to travel abroad, adding that the requirement will be “commonplace” in the aviation industry.
Qantas also recently announced an expansion of its home network, following what it calls an “influx of frequent travelers from other airlines to Qantas.”
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