Japan Airlines (JAL) and Hawaiian Airlines have announced they will start code-sharing in March. JAL is going on the offensive now that investment and route expansion restrictions linked to its 2010 government bailout have expired. Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations for Japanese outbound travelers, so this is a good move for JAL.
The pair plan to implement code-sharing on international flights between Japan and Hawaii, as well as flights within Japan and Hawaii. Their mileage programs will be linked as well. The two airlines said the new partnership with will officially begin on March 25.
Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii’s leading carrier, had been in alliance with JAL’s rival and Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways, since 2012. That code-sharing deal is expected to terminate next March, around when the partnership between Hawaiian and JAL takes effect.
JAL serves Honolulu from Narita Airport near Tokyo as well as from the Osaka area’s Kansai Airport and Nagoya’s Chubu Airport. Hawaiian Air flies out of Honolulu and Kona to Narita and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.