Japan Airlines (JAL) and International Airlines Group (IAG), parent of British Airways, have received anti-trust immunity for their joint business, allowing the airlines to cooperate commercially on flights between the EU and Japan.
Approval was granted by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on Friday, 25 May 2012.
"Amid the evolving Japanese aviation industry, the anti-trust immunity will enable us to build a strong value-creating relationship with British Airways that can benefit our customers as well as our businesses," says JAL's president Yoshiharu Ueki.
"British Airways has been flying to Japan for more than 60 years and this new agreement will strengthen our ties to the world's third largest economy and further enhance our relationship with JAL," says IAG's chief executive Willie Walsh.
JAL expects the joint business to be launched by late March 2013.