From June 18, 2007, Japan Airlines and China Eastern Airlines will expand their code share agreement to include flights the Chinese carrier operates 4 times a week between Nagoya (Centrair) and Beijing departing Japan, subject to government approval.
As already announced earlier this year, JAL will suspend the twice weekly flight it operates between Nagoya and Beijing from June 2, 2007. The new code share agreement will therefore enable JAL to continue providing passengers with a service between these two cities.
The code share flights operated by China Eastern carrying JAL’s “JL” designator depart Japan on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and are routed via Qingdao. Ticket sales are scheduled to start on May 17, 2007.
JAL and China Eastern have been code share partners since September 2002. The two airlines code share on 12 routes linking China and Japan.
From the point of customer convenience and profitability, JAL is expanding flight frequency between Japan and the high growth market of China. At present, JAL’s Japan-China network serves 12 cities in China on 29 routes with a total of 268 flights per week including code shares.
Announced earlier this year, from May 31 2007 JAL will increase flight frequency between Tokyo (Narita) and Guangzhou. At the beginning of June, the airline will start operating additional flights on its Tokyo (Narita) - Beijing route, and between Nagoya (Centrair) and Tianjin. It plans to increase flight frequency out of Osaka (Kansai) on routes serving the Chinese cities of Dalian, Hangzhou and Qingdao from July 1, 2007.
By July 1, JAL’s Japan-China network will have expanded to serve 12 cities in China on 29 routes with a total of 287 flights per week including code shares.