Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) and Japan Airlines (JAL) have jointly announced the signing of an MOU to pursue a joint business agreement. The MAB & JAL agreement is subject to regulatory approvals. The joint business aims to improve customer convenience through enhancement of service quality offered by both carriers on flights between Malaysia and Japan.
Since Malaysia Airlines joined the oneworld alliance in 2012, the two airlines have offered codeshare flight operations between Japan and Malaysia.
MAB & JAL joint business value offering
The MAB & JAL cooperation covers a number of areas including
- exchanging best practices and collaboration in operational areas including cargo
- developing jointly tourism in both Japanese and Malaysian markets.
Both airlines have filed an application with MAVCOM and Japan`s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, seeking exemptions/immunity from antitrust laws. If approved, MAB and JAL will deliver convenient travel options to customers with a comprehensive network throughout Malaysia and Japan.
Malaysia Airlines flies 12 times weekly between Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo, while Japan Airlines operates a 7 times weekly service. This represents a total 19 times weekly flights. Malaysia Airlines also operates a daily service from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka and a 2 times weekly service from Kota Kinabalu to Tokyo. The agreement opens up both countries to incoming traffic from their respective markets.
……. Japan Airlines has always had strong commercial links with the national carrier and we are delighted to have taken this next important step with our close oneworld partner. Malaysia Airlines Group CEO Captain, Izham Ismail
He sees the joint business between Malaysia Airlines and Japan Airlines as an important milestone in the Long Term Business Plans of both airlines. His views were supported by the president of Japan Airlines, Yuji Akasaka who sees the partnership bringing more benefits, more choices, and more value to their customers.
…… This partnership can potentially increase passenger traffic between the two countries and open up commercial opportunities. Yuji Akasaka