From September 29, 2007, Japan Airlines (JAL) and China Eastern Airlines (MU) will start code sharing on flights operating between Haneda Airport, Tokyo (HND) and Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai (SHA).
JAL and China Eastern Airlines will both inaugurate their own daily service between Haneda and Hongqiao airports from September 29, 2007.
The bilateral code share agreement will enable the airlines to place their airline code designators on each others flights from that date.
JAL currently offers 5 flights a day between Narita International Airport, Tokyo (NRT) and Pudong International Airport, Shanghai (PVG). This already includes one daily code share flight operated by China Eastern Airlines.
Flight frequency between the two cities will increase to 7 flights per week, once the new daily JAL Haneda - Hongqiao flight is inaugurated and the new code share flight operated by China Eastern Airlines begins.
The new route will provide customers traveling between the city centers of Tokyo and Shanghai with even greater choice and convenience. Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) is located only 13 kilometers away from Shanghai’s city center, and central Tokyo can be reached in just under 30 minutes from Haneda (HND).
JAL and China Eastern have been code share partners since September 2002. The two airlines now code share on 13 routes linking China and Japan.
At present, JAL serves 12 cities in China on 29 routes with a total of 287 flights per week, including code shares. From September 29 2007, the network will increase to 30 routes and 301 flights per week.