Japan Airlines (JAL) and Alaska Airlines have confirmed plans to launch a new codeshare agreement and frequent flier partnership. The deal, due to take effect from June 29, is subject to government approval but will enable passengers flying with JAL to connect to an extensive network across the US Pacific Northwest. Alaska Airlines customers can take advantage of improved connections to and from Asia via the Japanese flag carrier’s West Coast operations from points including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Vancouver.
“We are pleased to offer our customers more routes and destinations with our new partnership with Alaska Airlines,” Hideki Oshima, JAL Executive Officer, International Relations and Alliances said. “The new cooperation also allows JAL to strengthen its own presence throughout the Pacific Northwest and will provide additional mileage earning and redemption opportunities for our customers.”
Alaska Airlines Executive Vice President and CEO Andrew Harrison added: “As a premium Japanese airline, JAL is a great addition to our line-up of high quality global partners, giving our Mileage Plan members more ways to earn miles for travel from the West Coast to Japan and beyond. For the first time, our members will be able to earn and redeem miles within Japan, taking advantage of 600 daily flights on JAL’s broad domestic network.”