Emirates and Japan Airlines signed (24-Feb-2010) an agreement to expand their codeshare partnership on Emirates-operated Dubai-Tokyo (Narita) service to be launched on 28-Mar-2010 (five times weekly). The carriers have been codesharing on Emirates' daily Dubai-Osaka (Kansai) service since 2002. JAL and Emirates linked their frequent flyer programmes in Oct-2002. [more]
Japan Airlines and Emirates to expand codeshare partnership on Dubai-Tokyo sector
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