There is a possible partnership for Hawaiian Airlines in the works.
It’s looking to start a joint venture with Japan Airlines.
It’ll help streamline services between the two carriers making it easier for travelers from Japan to visit the neighbor islands, and for travelers from Hawaii to fly to more places in Asia.
In its filing the airline says the partnership will lower costs for travelers, provide economic benefits, and the airlines themselves will be able to share profits through the deal.
It still needs approval from regulators.
Hawaiian and JAL estimate that the joint venture will bring an additional 162,000 to 350,000 passengers to Hawaii and contribute between $184.5 million and $402.3 million to the U.S. economy annually, while generating between 1,855 to 4,049 U.S. jobs.
“We have long admired JAL’s excellent service, which corresponds well with the authentic Hawaiian
hospitality we offer,” said Peter Ingram, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines. “This joint venture will
combine two premier brands in the highly competitive Japan-Hawaii market, and travelers from both of our countries will benefit.”
“Through our new partnership with Hawaiian Airlines, we hope to boost travel of not only Japanese visitors to and through the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, but also that of Hawaii residents seeking to travel to and beyond Japan to Asian countries on our seamless networks,” said Yuji Akasaka, president of Japan Airlines.
If approved, the joint venture would facilitate Hawaiian Airlines’ enhanced access to 34 destinations throughout Japan, including Nagoya and Okinawa, as well as 11 points in Asia beyond Japan.
Japan Airlines, in turn, will have improved access to Hawaiian’s Neighbor Island network as well as its non-stop flights to Honolulu from Haneda and Sapporo.
Hawaiian and JAL hope to win government approval later this year, allowing them to launch the joint venture in the second quarter of 2019. The full application can be found HERE.