JAL, British Airways start codesharing on London-Tokyo route


Japan Airlines and British Airways have started codesharing on routes between Tokyo and London (Heathrow).

At present, the airlines are codesharing on a total of 23 routes connecting London with 23 other European cities, and on 8 routes between Tokyo (Narita) and 7 destinations domestically and internationally.

In addition to this, both members of the oneworld alliance will begin to market each other's services between Tokyo and London (Heathrow).

JAL and BA will place their respective flight indicators on the daily service they each operate between London and Tokyo's Narita airport, as well as on BA's five weekly flights to/from Tokyo's downtown gateway at Haneda, jointly offering customers 19 weekly flights between the two cities.

In conjunction with the commencement of the Tokyo-London codeshare flights, JAL and BA will also begin selling aligned fares applicable for JAL and BA-operated flights on these routes, originating from either city.

With these fares that will be available from both airlines, customers can also choose to use a combination of JAL and BA in a single round-trip itinerary, significantly expanding their flight options.

Customers therefore have the option of flying JAL one-way and BA the other, creating an itinerary that suits their needs, at fares never before available for such a combination. Historically, customers would have to buy the highest tier (Normal Fares) for an itinerary involving one-way sectors on both airlines, but from Oct 1, this will be possible with all aligned fares.

Reservations and ticket issuance for the new codeshare flights, as well as sales of aligned fares will begin today, 5 September 2012, for departures from Oct 1.

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I do hope they're 'aligning' to BA rather than JAL.

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That's all very nice, but it would be more appreciated if there were direct flights from London to cities other than Tokyo.

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JAL prices are like Godzilla: big and scary! As for BA... I wouldn't fly with them until they could say with certainty that cabin crew wouldn't strike at the drop of a hat. I'll stick with KLM... at least I can fly from Glasgow.

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Does "aligning" mean "colluding to fix prices"? Lately BA have been the cheapest for direct flights to London whilst JAL are always the most expensive. I was almost tempted to use BA this Christmas as they had quite a good fare, but will go with ANA again as they offer cheap connecting flights to Sendai. BA will have no chance at all if they raise their fares to match JAL.

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