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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Japan Aviation Chief thinks JAL should expand code sharing

Bloomberg reports that the Japan Aviation Chief thinks Japan Airlines should expand its code sharing agreement with other airlines. This would allow JAL to increase its revenue without the extra cost of operating new routes. And guess which airlines they suggest JAL to code share with?

They want Asia's largest carrier by revenue to join force with the world's largest carrier Delta and Northwest! So does this mean JAL has to leave Oneworld and join Skyteam? Nope, they think the agreement could co-exists with the Oneworld membership. I bet AA won't be too happy about this.

If this happens, it could be good news for the west coast passengers (me included!). AA's really sucks on the west coast, I can't get any JMB miles from my LAX-SEA flight since it was on Alaska and I have bank the miles with AA. But this wouldn't help my mileage run since I won't be getting any fly on points on the Delta flights.

But this is speculation at this point since JAL spokesperson declined to comment.

Source: Bloomberg



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