Japan Airlines has applied to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for anti-trust immunity in order to enter an alliance with the International Airlines Group on British Airways flights between Europe and Japan. According to a JAL press release, this agreement would offer customers more options in terms of current flights and future routes.
“Just as our customers traveling over the Pacific have gained from the joint business between JAL and American Airlines, which began last April, we expect the closer relationship with British Airways to also provide the traveling public between Europe and Japan with greater convenience and options,” Masaru Onishi, JAL’s president, said in a statement.
IAG hopes to enter into the agreement to benefit from the aviation resurgence chief executive Willie Walsh sees in the Japanese market’s future. “We have very close links with JAL and look forward to enhancing that relationship further,” he said in a statement. “Despite the difficulties the Japanese aviation market has faced in recent years, we have great confidence in JAL’s business outlook and the overall market’s future prospects.”