Finnair has applied to become part of the joint business run by British Airways and Japan Airlines (JAL) between Europe and Japan.
If the Helsinki-based carrier’s application is given regulatory clearance then it will be able to share revenue and co-ordinate schedules and fares with both BA and JAL on routes to Japan.
This move follows Finnair’s announcement earlier this year that it will join BA’s other existing joint business with American Airlines across the Atlantic. The airline will officially join this joint business from tomorrow (July 2).
Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo said: “Japan is one of Finnair's core markets and we look forward to the benefits this strategic joint business agreement will bring to our customers and other stakeholders.”
BA and JAL began their joint business in September 2012 - the two Oneworld members co-operate and share revenue on all flights between the UK and Japan, as well as on JAL’s services to Paris and Frankfurt.
Keith Williams, chief executive of British Airways, added: “The inclusion of Finnair in the joint business will strengthen the ties between East and West in this vital and growing market.”