Taiwanese carrier China Airlines and Japan’s flag carrier Japan Airlines (JAL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) yesterday aimed at significantly increasing their passenger and cargo cooperation.

Beginning in the second half of February, the two airlines will start codesharing on all routes operated by both China Airlines and JAL between Taiwan and Japan. This enhanced cooperation will see the number of weekly flights on the carriers’ Taipei (Songshan)-Tokyo (Haneda) route increase dramatically from 28 to 240. These figures will vary based on seasonal schedules.

The agreement comes as Japan’s popularity as a destination among Taiwanese travellers has grown. In a statement announcing the new route, China Airlines said: “[The codeshare] will provide our customers with better access between Taiwan and Japan, and encourage more Japanese visitors to travel to Taiwan, as well as providing Taiwanese travellers with more options to choose from.”

China Airlines will begin accepting reservations on codeshared flights in the second half of February.

china-airlines.com; jal.com