Japan Airlines has submitted an application to partner with Iberia on flights between Japan and Europe.
JAL already partners with British Airways and Finnair on their European flights and is now seeking to add Iberia to this four-way partnership, which allows the airlines to share revenue on flights between Japan and Europe, coordinate flight schedules and fares and ultimately allow the Oneworld alliance to compete more effectively with the other global airline alliances.
Iberia is scheduled to operate a new route linking Madrid with Tokyo Narita on October 18.
According to Luis Gallego, president and chief executive of Iberia, half a million Japanese visit Spain every year, while the number of Spaniards travelling to Japan is also growing significantly.
“We are pleased to welcome Iberia into our joint business,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, president of Japan Airlines. “This will strengthen JAL’s presence in Spain, and provide our customers with more convenience to Madrid and beyond."