Japan’s ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism has granted anti-trust immunity to a joint business arrangement between Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair.
This approval paves the way for Finnair to participate in the existing joint business arrangement between JAL and BA, and also allows the three Oneworld alliance carriers to share revenues and coordinate flight schedules on services between Europe and Japan.
BA and JAL started their joint arrangement in October 2012.
JAL says the new joint business is expected to be launched in the spring of 2014, and that the addition of Finnair will provide better connections between Europe and Japan.
It adds that the revenue-sharing agreement will also strengthen the Oneworld alliance and allow it compete more effectively with other alliances.
Finnair operates daily services from Helsinki to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.