Sunday, March 3, 2013

Jetstar Japan codeshare with Japan Airlines (JAL) join Qantas and JAL frequent flyer programs

Low-fare domestic Japanese airline Jetstar Japan will become more accessible to millions of Qantas and Japan Airlines (JAL) customers with the announcement of new agreements with the two full service carriers. According to a media release in, Jetstar Japan and JAL have entered a codeshare agreement enabling JAL customers flying internationally to Tokyo (Narita), Osaka (Kansai) and Nagoya (Chubu) to book onward travel on Jetstar Japan’s growing number of domestic services. Jetstar Airways has had a codeshare agreement with JAL since 2007 on international long haul services between Japan and Australia.

Plans have also been announced for Qantas to commence selling through-fares and itineraries utilising an interline agreement with Jetstar Japan from March. Qantas is also planning to utilise a Qantas codeshare agreement with Jetstar Japan as their network and connection options expand over the next year.

As part of the new agreements, Jetstar Japan services will be added to JAL and Qantas Frequent Flyer programs. From next month, JAL frequent flyers will be able to use their mileage points on Jetstar Japan services and Qantas Frequent Flyers will be able to earn points when buying Jetstar “Plus” or “Max” fares.

Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said strategic airline partnerships were continuing to play a big role in driving regional passenger growth.

“Our interline and codeshare traffic is increasing significantly across all Group airlines year on year as we add new airline partners and broaden existing relationships,” Ms Hrdlicka said.

A JetStar Japan aircraft flying over Mount Fuji.
“Working with our Jetstar Japan partners JAL and Qantas to create new access for travellers to our low fares network will enhance the growth of our network and brand in Japan.”

Jetstar Airways has codeshare relationships with JAL, Qantas and American Airlines and the Jetstar Group has 25 interline agreements.

Jetstar Japan flies to Tokyo - Narita International Airport, Osaka - Kansai International Airport, Sapporo - New Chitose Airport, Fukuoka - Fukuoka Airport and Okinawa - Naha Airport. It will start flying to Ōita - Oita Airport  and Nagoya -Chubu Centrair International Airport on 31 March 2013, Kagoshima - Kagoshima Airport on 31 May 2013.

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