China Airlines and Japan Airlines have begun expanded codeshare flights, the result of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that the two codeshare partners signed in January.
The expanded agreement sees Japan Airlines and China Airlines codeshare on all flights operated by both carriers between Japan and Taiwan. This will increase the number of China Airlines and Japan Airlines codeshare flights from 28 weekly flights to a maximum of 240 flights a week (depending on seasonal schedules).
The two airlines first began codesharing on their respective flights between Tokyo Haneda and Taipei Songshan in 2010.
Reservations and ticket sales for the new codeshare flights are available starting today (February 21). Japan Airlines will also begin Ishigaki-Taipei Taoyuan flights on March 29 this year.
According to a press release from Japan Airlines, the enhanced cooperation between the carriers will enable the Japanese carrier to “continue to enhance its network and provide business and leisure customers with more convenience and enjoyable experience on every journey”.
The expansion adds to a number of other recent codeshare partnerships the two airlines have established with other carriers. Japan Airlines expanded its codeshare partnership with Finnair in January and began codesharing with Iberia on its Madrid-Tokyo flights in September last year.
Meanwhile China Airlines began cooperating more closely with Dutch carrier KLM as part of an expanded codeshare agreement that came into effect in January when the Taiwanese airline began non-stop Airbus A350 flights between Taipei and Amsterdam.