Japan and Malaysia’s authorities approves Malaysia Airlines and Japan Airlines business agreement


Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines are set to launch a joint business structure in 2020 after authorities from both countries have granted an antitrust immunity for the carriers to proceed with their venture.

The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has granted an individual exemption while Japan`s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has approved an antitrust immunity.

The agreement for joint business will allow the two carriers to cooperate commercially on flights between Malaysia and Japan, both carriers said in a statement today (19.12.2019). 

They say the venture aims to deliver customers with more benefits by providing additional flight choices, a larger network, better connections and an enhanced frequent flyer program.

“We would like to thank the regulators for approving our ATI application with Malaysia Airlines. We anticipate launching this joint business relationship in 2020 to provide additional travel benefits for our mutual customers,” said President of Japan Airlines Yuji Akasaka.

Meanwhile Captain Izham Ismail, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines said the carrier is excited with the opportunities from the joint business.

“We are confident that with this partnership, we will be able to deliver important benefits to our customers and to grow the business between our countries. We thank

MAVCOM for their extensive review and trust in both Malaysia Airlines and Japan Airlines.”