British Airways, Finnair and Japan Airlines have started their planned joint business on flights between Japan and Europe with effect from 1 April.
The joint venture means the three Oneworld alliance members will share revenue and co-operate on scheduling and pricing.
Last October Japanese regulators gave approval to the airlines’ plans to include Finnair in the joint business established in 2012 by BA and JAL, and in February 2014 the three airlines began selling joint fares on select routes for travel after 1 April.
According to the airlines, the benefits for passengers will include:
- The ability to mix and match flights on all three carriers
- Online check-in with any of the three airlines
- Integrated customer support across the three airlines
- Greater connectivity on all three airlines in case of disruption
Finnair currently operates flights daily from Helsinki to Tokyo and daily in the summer (five times in the winter) to Osaka and Nagoya. JAL operates daily from Tokyo to Helsinki, Frankfurt, Paris and London, while BA operates daily flights from London to both Narita and Haneda airports in Tokyo.