EUROPEAN carrier Finnair has applied to join fellow Oneworld alliance members British Airways (BA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) in their joint business on routes linking Europe and Japan.
Subject to regulatory approval, the move is the first step towards the three airlines’ intentions to align interests through sharing revenue and coordinating flight schedules and fares to offer customers travelling these routes better benefits.
The inclusion of Finnair is also predicted to strengthen the Oneworld alliance’s competitiveness.
BA and JAL entered a joint business agreement in October last year (TTG Asia e-Daily, October 1, 2012) after having begun codesharing operations in September and furthering extending codesharing cooperation in late October (TTG Asia e-Daily, October 29, 2012).
JAL president, Yoshiharu Ueki, said: “With the strengthened partnership (through the inclusion of Finnair), we can improve our efficiencies to provide the travelling public between Europe and Japan with a more comprehensive network.”
Finnair CEO, Pekka Vauramo, remarked: “Japan is one of Finnair’s core markets and we look forward to the benefits this strategic joint business agreement will bring to our customers and other stakeholders.”