Japan Airlines and Aeromexico will begin codesharing on select flights starting Wednesday, February 13, which will see passengers flying with the Japanese carrier gain improved access to over 20 destinations in Mexico.
The two airlines originally signed an agreement to enter into a codeshare partnership back in October 2017.
The agreement notably gives Japan Airlines passengers access to Aeromexico’s non-stop service between Mexico City and Tokyo Narita, with the ability to connect onto further services operated by the carrier to domestic destinations including Acapulco, Merida and Oaxaca, among others.
Aeromexico passengers, meanwhile, will be able to connect in Tokyo to Japan Airlines-operated services to more than 20 domestic destinations in Japan, among them Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagasaki and Nagoya.
A full list of codeshare routes as of February 13 is as follows:
Codesharing gives passengers the ability to book itineraries that include multiple journeys with both airlines under a single booking. When checking-in, they will receive a single boarding pass, their baggage will be checked-in to their final destination, and they won’t need to go to a transfer desk during stopovers.
Many codesharing agreements also end up including reciprocal frequent-flyer benefits, such as miles earning and accrual, status points earning, as well as lounge access, though Japan Airlines and Aeromexico have not stated whether this will be the case with their agreement.
Approximately 1,180 Japanese companies have operations in Mexico, and as of the end of 2017 Mexico imported US$11.2 million of goods from Japan, according to the airlines.
Meanwhile, figures released by the Mexican government showed that a total of 140,363 passengers from Japan entered Mexico by air between January and November 2018, a 3.7 per cent increase over the same period the previous year.
Aeromexico is the only airline in Latin America to serve Japan with non-stop flights.
Japan Airlines has confirmed with Business Traveller Asia-Pacific that the two carriers are currently looking at adding about 12 of Aeromexico’s routes in Mexico to the agreement.
The agreement adds to Japan Airlines’ existing joint-business with fellow Oneworld carrier, American Airlines, which sees it currently serve eight destinations in Mexico via Los Angeles and Dallas Fort Worth. These include Aguascalientes, Cancun, Guadalajara, Leon, Mexico City, Monterrey, Queretaro and San Luis Potosi.
Aeromexico, meanwhile, currently flies daily to Tokyo Narita from Mexico City, and in May this year added Seoul to its network. The Skyteam member also launched a joint venture earlier this year with fellow alliance member Delta Air Lines.
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