JAL looks to Air France for possible joint venture partnership

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    JAL looks to Air France for possible joint venture partnership:)


    Japan Airlines (JAL), which is currently inking a joint venture with British Airways (BA) (see story here), may also be seeking to forge a similar business partnership with Air France in case the deal with BA falls through.

    The carrier stated that if its partnership with BA can coherently cover an expansive European network, looking to other partners would not be necessary. JAL president, Masaru Onishi, said: “If we can cover all of Europe with them (BA), which would include Iberia as well, then we won't need other joint ventures. If not, we’ll look to other airlines.”

    Currently, JAL already codeshares with both Air France and BA therefore a joint venture with either carrier would simply deepen existing ties.

    http://www.businesstraveller.com/asia-pacific/news/jal-looks-to-air-france-for-possible-joint-vent
     
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    This would surprise me because AF is in SkyTeam while JAL is in oneworld. Moreover, the carriers and alliances use different terminals at JAL's home hub of NRT.
     
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    It seems these days everything is indeed possible! We will see how this news evolves!;)
     
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    This morning in a Brazil business newspaper an article quoted JAL executives saying that the Brazil-Japan market was one of their thoughts because the OW arrangements via AA/BA were less than satisfactory. There are allegedly more than 250,000 passengers/year between Japan and Brazil. Until Varig and JAL began having problems they both were regularly packed on these routes in all classes. The routing was GRU-LAX-NRT, so after 11 Sept 2001 and new transit visa restrictions loads dropped rapidly as customers chose other routings via Europe to avoid travel to the USA. Later Varig went out of business and Japan Airlines shrunk greatly. In 2005 the Varig fligt ended after 37 years of continuous operation.

    AF has had very attractive transfer arrangements for Asia-South America routes, as well as European destinations. They also have visa-waiver for several South American countries including Brazil.

    During the old RG/JL days they were filling a widebody each day in both directions (there were 747 and MD-11 on the route in recent years) but the dual problems of US transit visa and lack of resources made neither JJ nor JL capable of carrying on. Now there is far more prosperity in Brazil and a serious need to develop a short term solution.

    Right now there are high volumes of Japan-bound Brazil traffic via FRA connecting with LH A380/B744 flights, via CDG meeting AF and via LHR with BA. All three of those run multiple daily flights GRU and GIG to european hubs. JAL did have a good share of that, now has none. BA is not excited to share their gains because they are doing nicely on their own. AA is constrained by te need to transit the US.

    AF/KL are adding more capacity on both sides and are certain to view a downsized JAL as a superb partner.

    The freight opportunity is quite a major thing also. 700 passengers/day is a good motivation for considering alternatives, isn't it?
     
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