Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has granted anti-trust immunity to a joint business between Japan Airlines, Finnair and British Airways.
The immunity helps pave the way for Finnair to join the existing joint business between Japan Airlines (JAL) and British Airways.
JAL currently operates daily services between Tokyo Narita to Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt and Helsinki. British Airways, meanwhile, offers flights from Heathrow to both Tokyo-Narita and Haneda airports.
The addition of Finnair will further provide even better links between the Europe and Japan, with more flight choices and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. The airline currently operates daily flights from Helsinki to Tokyo-Narita, Osaka and Nagoya.
The revenue-sharing agreement is set to launch in spring 2014 and will also aim to strengthen the Oneworld alliance.