Airlines look for partners
Asia - Several airlines in Asia are teaming up with other air carriers in an effort to further expand their global transport network.
Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines have inked a codeshare agreement to expand their networks from 1 July onwards, in an effort to gear up Malaysia Airlines for partnership with global airline alliance, oneworld.
Japan Airlines will begin marketing flights between Kuala Lumpur and Japan, as well as in five other Malaysian cities and seven regional ones, including Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai.
Malaysia will also be connected to cities in Japan, including Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Sapporo, and nine international cities, such as Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Honolulu, Guam, Boston, Chicago and New York.
SriLankan Airlines has also been elected into the alliance, which is expected to be implemented next year. It already code-shares with Malaysia Airlines and is looking to partner with Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines. With its addition, three more destinations will be added to the oneworld network, including Kochi, Tiruchirapalli and Thiruvananthapuram in South India.
Air China has also partnered up with New York-based airline JetBlue Airways, connecting two ends of the world. Both airlines will hence offer interline connections between their networks, with plans to enter into a codeshare later this year.
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