Japan Airlines (JAL) has inked a codeshare agreement with Vietnamese carrier Vietjet and has also revealed a fall in passenger numbers in September due to the impact of natural disasters.
JAL and Vietjet will begin sales of their codeshare flights starting 23 October and it follows on from the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed for commercial cooperation in 2017.
The airlines will offer codeshare flights on domestic destinations in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh -Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh-Da Nang and Hanoi-Da Nang) and on international flights between Vietnam and Japan (Kansai-Hanoi).
Based on the agreement, JAL and Vietjet will aim to expand their codeshare routes in the near future, including other flight services between Japan and Vietnam as well as JAL’s domestic flights, and Vietjet’s domestic flights.
JAL’s international traffic fell around 20 per cent in September and domestic traffic fell about 10 per cent in the wake of natural disasters, Reuters reported today.
The report also said the airline plans an update on the financial impact of a typhoon that damaged Osaka’s Kansai International Airport and an earthquake in Hokkaido when it releases second-quarter results at the end of this month.
Reuters said JAL predicted back in April that its operating profit would fall four per cent to 167 billion yen ($1.5 billion) in the financial year which ends in March 2019.