Malaysia Airlines, JAL ink joint business agreement


Malaysia Airlines group CEO Captain Izham Ismail and president of Japan Airlines Yuji Akasaka exchanging the signed MoU documents.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) and Japan Airlines (JAL) have inked a MoU to pursue a joint business agreement to enhance the quality of services provided by both carriers on flights between Malaysia and Japan.

MAB said on Monday both carriers would also seek to cooperate in a wider scope, such as exchanging best practices, exploring collaboration in other operational areas such as cargo and developing jointly tourism in both Japanese and Malaysian markets. 

“Both MAB and JAL have already filed an application with Mavcom and Japan`s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, seeking exemptions/immunity from antitrust laws. If approved, MAB and JAL will strive to deliver convenient travel options to customers with a comprehensive network throughout Malaysia and Japan,” it said in a statement.

Malaysia Airlines operates a 12 times weekly service and Japan Airlines operates a seven times weekly service, representing a total 19 times weekly flights, between Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo. 

Malaysia Airlines also operates a daily service from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka and a 2 times weekly service from Kota Kinabalu to Tokyo. The agreement will open up both countries to incoming traffic from their respective markets.

To recap, in 2012, when Malaysia Airlines decided to join the oneworld alliance, the two airlines began offering codeshare flight operations between Japan and Malaysia. The joint business will mark a new chapter which will provide even more value to customers. 

Malaysia Airlines group CEO captain Izham Ismail said: "Japan Airlines has always had strong commercial links with the national carrier and we are delighted to have taken this next important step with our close oneworld partner. 

“This partnership will provide better efficiencies and a more comprehensive network for our customers whilst also playing a key role in further strengthening trade ties between Malaysia and Japan, increasing tourism and promoting Kuala Lumpur International Airport as an air hub.”
 
“The start of this joint business between Malaysia Airlines and Japan Airlines is an important milestone of our long term business plan which looks to explore more strategic opportunities as well as deepen more partnerships.”

Both carriers intend to start the joint business in 2020 to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics.
 
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