Malaysia Airlines the flag carrier of Malaysia and the flag carrier of Japan, Japan Airlines have decided to go into a joint business partnership from the 25th of July 2020. The agreement would see the two airlines cooperate on commercial activities between Japan and Malaysia.

Given the dampened demand for travel due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this partnership should help both carriers to pool in resources to successfully attract customers for the flights between the 2 countries and enable both carriers to regain a foothold in their respective markets.

Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines Joint Venture

Source: Japan Airlines

In fact, the 2 airlines received regulatory approval back in December of 2019. However, the launch was pushed back due to the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Currently, the new partnership should see a combined 4 weekly service offering by both carriers between Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo Narita from July till August.

The Malaysia Airlines and Japan Airlines flight schedule

The Malaysia Airlines and Japan Airlines flight schedules commercial partnership

Source: WIT

This partnership flows right into what Malaysia Airlines had sought as part of its long-term business plan of having a partnership strategy. The Malaysian carrier had last year also signed a commercial agreement with Singapore Airlines for flights between Singapore and Malaysia.

Japan Airlines has also inked business partnerships previously with their Joint Service agreement with American Airlines. The airline was looking at signing a Joint Venture with Hawaiian Airlines but failed to attain regulatory approval for the partnership.

Sources: FlightGlobal & WIT