Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced plans to launch a codeshare agreement and frequent flyer partnership with Alaska Airlines, which will take effect from June 29 and provide customers with greater travel opportunities between Asia and North America.
JAL currently operates non-stop flights between Tokyo and Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Vancouver. It also services an Osaka–Los Angeles route. Under the new agreement, the Japanese carrier will codeshare on Alaska Airlines’ service departing from its California gateways, plus Vancouver.
"We are pleased to offer our customers more routes and destinations with our new partner Alaska Airlines," said Hideki Oshima, JAL executive officer, international relations and alliances. "The new cooperation also allows JAL to strengthen its presence throughout the Pacific Northwest."
Reciprocally, Alaska Airlines customers will benefit from JAL’s non-stop flights from the Bay area, LA and San Diego. Combined with Alaska’s recent acquisition of Virgin America (see here), the US carrier looks set to become a big player in the West Coast market.
“As a premium Japanese airline, JAL is a great addition to Alaska's line-up of high-quality global partners, giving our Mileage Plan members more ways to earn and redeem miles for travel from the West Coast to Japan and beyond," said Andrew Harrison, Alaska's executive vice president and chief commercial officer.