SriLankan in codeshare deal with Japan Airlines

COLOMBO, Dec 03, 2014 (EconomyNext) – SriLankan Airlines has begun a codeshare partnership with Japan Airlines (JAL), marketing each other’s flights and selling tickets, to offer better connectivity from its Colombo hub.

The deal with JAL, effective December 2, is the sixth the island’s national carrier has struck with a member airline of the oneworld alliance, complementing previous ones with Malaysia Airlines, Siberia Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Finnair and Qantas.

This new codeshare agreement is expected to boost tourism between Japan and Sri Lanka.

"Passengers will be able to enjoy the convenience of a single ticket itinerary, interlined luggage and opportunities to earn frequent flyer miles travelling in both directions on either carrier," a SriLankan Airlines statement said.

The first of SriLankan Airlines’ seven new Airbus 330-300s on order delivered in October will be primarily used on the Tokyo and Bangkok routes.

SriLankan will connect to the cities of Osaka and Nagoya in Japan via its four weekly frequencies between Colombo and Tokyo (Narita), as well as via its double – daily services between Colombo and Bangkok.

SriLankan Airlines will also codeshare on JAL flights between Narita and Seoul and Busan in South Korea. In turn, JAL will codeshare on SriLankan flights to Narita, Bangkok and Male from Colombo.

"With SriLankan Airlines operating the highest number of frequencies to the Maldives from its key hub Colombo, affording customers even greater connectivity, new travel options have been created for Sri Lankans on the codeshare routes operated by Japan Airlines," the statement said.

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