The way is now clear for Finnair’s participation in the partnership between Japan Airlines and British Airways following approval by the Japanese government’s ministry charged with overseeing aviation.
Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) granted anti-trust immunity to the proposed joint business venture between Japan Airlines, Finnair and British Airways on October 16.
The joint partnership, expected to be launched in spring 2014, between the three oneworld member airlines, will enable the three airlines to cooperate commercially on flights between Europe and Japan.
The revenue-sharing agreement between the airlines will also strengthen the oneworld airline alliance and enable it to compete more effectively with other global airline alliances.
Finnair currently operates daily flights between Helsinki to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya in Japan.