JAL Applies to Join Oneworld: What's the Process/Timetable?

 
Old Oct 27, 05, 7:10 pm
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JAL Applies to Join Oneworld: What's the Process/Timetable?

This is great news...status credit on JL flights and we should get better reward redemption options, but when does it become effective?

Tokyo - October 25, 2005: Japan Airlines (JAL), Asia's largest airline group, has decided to apply to join the multilateral airline alliance, oneworld. Launched in February 1999, oneworld offers a global network provided by eight major airlines in the world, namely American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, LAN, Finnair and Aer Lingus, plus their 12 affiliates.*

The decision to join the multilateral alliance is in line with JAL's corporate policy to always think and act from the customers' point of view. Up to now, JAL has followed a bilateral alliance policy but has always kept an eye on the activities of multilateral alliances and has decided that now is the time for it to participate in such a grouping. Ever since oneworld was founded, its member airlines have worked together to provide passengers with top class travel offering the highest levels of convenience, comfort and value through expanded and improved products and services that can be enjoyed anywhere in the world.

As JAL and oneworld share the same purpose and objective, obtaining oneworld membership, while maintaining present bilateral agreements, would be in the best interests of JAL's plans to further develop the JAL Group, and represents the airline's strong commitment to providing the very best to its customers. The oneworld alliance greatly assists international passengers with their travels through the integration of e-ticketing, easier access to a more extensive network and linked services such as frequent flyer mileage programs, mutual use of airport lounges, and smooth flight connections.

Presently, oneworld has a network linking around 600 cities in 135 countries, and by joining the alliance JAL's network would further expand. The oneworld alliance is the first multilateral alliance in the world with interline e-ticketing in place between all of its members, making it far more convenient for passengers to transfer between flights of different member airlines. By joining an alliance that pursues such leading-edge services as this, JAL feels that its customers' convenience would be further improved.

With a worldwide network which serves 206 airports in 34 countries and territories, and strong market presence particularly in Japan and Asia, JAL believes it would be able to significantly enhance the competitiveness of oneworld when it finally becomes a member of the alliance.

From now JAL will be meeting with oneworld for detailed discussions.

*Royal Jordanian has been elected on board with effect from the turn of 2006/2007, and Malev Hungarian Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding as its first step to joining.


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Old Oct 27, 05, 7:16 pm
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Old Oct 27, 05, 7:26 pm
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I looked for this thread before I posted...and somehow missed it. Sorry about that, though I am still curious on the timing.
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Old Oct 27, 05, 9:02 pm
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Timetable

Are you talking about schedule changes (like with BA, QF, CX, ect) so depending on to/from and Daylight savings time nothing matches so you are forced to fly other carriers? As soon as the OW team gets together they seem to screw up most of the interline flights.
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Sushi and Sake in NRT w/ OneWorld connection

Personally, I am looking forward to JAL First Lounge at NRT with my Emerald status. Real sushi and excellent sake instead of junk food in AA and CX lounges.
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Old Dec 13, 05, 12:38 pm
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When?

Does anyone know when JAL flights will count toward AAdvantage elite status? I am scheduling travel for March and was wondering if I flew JAL whether it would count as elite mileage.
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Old Dec 13, 05, 12:47 pm
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Does anyone know when JAL flights will count toward AAdvantage elite status? I am scheduling travel for March and was wondering if I flew JAL whether it would count as elite mileage.
Most likely sometime in 2007. You could forget about it if you mean March of 2006.

JL has decided to apply for membership in OneWorld. It needs to be approved, although nobody has any double it will, then go through an integration process. It will take quite awhile.
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Most likely sometime in 2007. You could forget about it if you mean March of 2006.

JL has decided to apply for membership in OneWorld. It needs to be approved, although nobody has any double it will, then go through an integration process. It will take quite awhile.
I think you mean for JL will apply for OneWorld Alliance anytime soon. It needs to get government approved for JL & AA enters Oneworld. Then you can go through with JL codeshare.
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I think you mean for JL will apply for OneWorld Alliance anytime soon. It needs to get government approved for JL & AA enters Oneworld. Then you can go through with JL codeshare.

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Old Dec 13, 05, 1:46 pm
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Does anyone know when JAL flights will count toward AAdvantage elite status? I am scheduling travel for March and was wondering if I flew JAL whether it would count as elite mileage.
As TerryK posted, JL's entry in Oneworld certainly won't be finalized in March, 2006.

But you can already get Elite qualifying mileage (EQMs) by buying the AA codeshares on JAL metal. AFAIK, all JAL USA-NRT flights are available with AA flight numbers.
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