After plans for a joint venture was announced between Malaysia Airlines and Japan Airlines, the Malaysian government has given its go-ahead to both carriers paving the way its launch in 2020.
Both carriers have received an individual exemption from the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) along with anti-trust immunity from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
In a statement, both carriers stated: “The agreement for joint business will allow the two carriers to cooperate commercially on flights between Malaysia and Japan and aims to deliver customers with more benefits by providing additional flight choices, a larger network, better connections and an enhanced frequent flyer programme."
The joint venture proposal was announced in May of this year. It would cover flight and capacity coordination between the two airlines along with sales/marketing efforts in both countries. The flights that will be covered by the agreement include non-stop services from Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu to Tokyo and Osaka, as well as domestic connections by JAL in Japan and Malaysian Airlines in Malaysia.