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Japan Airlines Announces Codeshare Agreements With Royal Brunei and MIAT Mongolian Airlines

Japan Airlines announced on Wednesday two new codeshare agreements with Royal Brunei Airlines and MIAT Mongolian Airlines. The Royal Brunei codeshare will allow JAL to operate four weekly flights between Bandar Seri Begawan and Tokyo-Narita.

JAL Boeing 787 Dreamliner - Courtesy Japan Airlines

In two separate announcements today, Japan Airlines (JAL) announced two new codeshare agreements with Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) and MIAT Mongolian Airlines. Royal Brunei Airlines is the national carrier of Brunei Darussalam and the new codeshare partnership will allow JAL to operate four weekly flights between Tokyo-Narita and Bandar Seri Begawan. Likewise, Royal Brunei will offer RB guests more travel options to Japan by placing its code on flights to major Japanese cities including Sapporo-New Chitose, Osaka-Itami, Nagoya-Chubu and Fukuoka. Pending regulatory approval, tickets will be available for purchase starting February 14th, for travel commencing February 17, 2020. In Wednesday’s announcement, Royal Brunei Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer, Karam Chand said,

Royal Brunei Airlines Airbus A320neo - Courtesy Airbus

“We launched our four times weekly flights between Bandar Seri Begawan and Tokyo just last March and it is already one of our more popular routes. We are delighted to have Japan Airlines as our newest codeshare partner on this route and supplementing our network with more cities in Japan offering more travel options for RB guests. We warmly welcome Japan Airlines guests on board our flights which will be operated using one of our game-changing A320neo aircraft. Both RB and JAL guests can look forward to the modern features of the aircraft, our award-winning RB service known for Bruneian hospitality and unmatched level of in-flight entertainment (IFE) with more than 1,000 entertainment content to enjoy on demand at very seat.”

JAL-Royal Brunei Codeshare Route Schedule (Effective March 1-28, 2020) - Courtesy Japan Airlines

Also commenting on Wednesday’s announcement, Japan Airlines’ President, Yuji Akasaka added,

“This agreement will further expand our international network by adding Brunei Darussalam, and island nation featuring a colorful exhibition of fascinating customs and rich in nature. We look forward to a successful partnership that will generate excitement to travelers around the world.”

Royal Brunei Airlines operates a fleet of 14 modern aircraft including five Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, seven Airbus A320neos and two Airbus A320ceos. The national airline of Brunei Darussalam operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with an average aircraft age of just over two years. In 2019, RB received a Skytrax 4 Star Airline Rating as well as a Five-Star Major Regional Airline Award from APEX Official Airline ratings.

MIAT Mongolian Airlines Boeing 737-800 - Courtesy JAL

In a separate announcement Wednesday, Japan Airlines also announced a new codeshare partnership with MIAT Mongolian Airlines. The new agreement will allow JAL to offer flights between Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Tokyo-Narita as well as Osaka-Kansai. Similarly, MIAT will offer flights beyond Tokyo-Narita to Osaka-Itami and Nagoya-Chubu as well as Singapore, Melbourne, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Busan. In today’s announcement MIAT Mongolian Airlines’ President and CEO, Battur Davaakhuu said,

“We are delighted to develop and grow our relationship with Japan Airlines with this codeshare agreement. Through this cooperation, we will be able to provide travel options for our customers as well as inviting more travelers to experience the untapped nature of Mongolia. We look forward to sharing Mongolian hospitality further and provide an authentic Mongolian experience for our customers. MIAT is offering more seamless one-stop connectivity between Mongolia to several major cities in Japan, Singapore and Australia through the expansion of its codeshare arrangement with Japan Airlines. We will look forward to the day when we can move ahead once more with further expansion – for the benefit of people throughout this region.”

Also commenting on the new JAL-MIAT codeshare announced Wednesday, Japan Airlines’ President, Yuji Akasaka added,

“It is an honor to announce this agreement with MIAT Mongolian Airlines as this partnership will provide customers with convenient travel options between Japan and the capital of Mongolia. We look forward to a successful partnership that will contribute to increased traffic between the two countries.”

Founded in 1956, MIAT Mongolian Airlines is the national flag carrier of Mongolia. The airline provides scheduled international service to 11 destinations from the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar including Seoul, Busan, Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, Guangzhou, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Moscow, Berlin and Frankfurt. The carrier operates a fleet of six aircraft with four Boeing 737-800s and two Boeing 767-300ERs.

Source: Japan Airlines