Japan Airlines (JAL) and American Airlines (AA) shall epitomise their joint partnership at the CTW Asia-Pacific 2018, to be held from September 18-20, at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, leveraging on one-to-one meetings and a hosted luncheon for over 100 buyers.
Since their joint business partnership in 2011, the two airlines have been sharing best practices and cross-cultural insights to enhance their services and flight options currently serving the connections between Asia and North America.
Japan Airlines, who is helming the sponsorship at CTW Asia-Pacific 2018, shared their vision for co-hosting an exclusive luncheon and table top showcase. Said Shirley Yuen, Regional Director of Japan Airlines, “We believe this allows us to demonstrate both airlines’ strong partnership and strengthen our relationship with corporate travel buyers together. As the leading corporate travel management conference for the region, CTW gives us privileged access to travel managers, heightens our exposure, and helps us discover challenges and pain-points faced by CTMs through learning at the education sessions.”
American Airlines affirmed the decision, citing the benefits of exclusive facetime with corporate travel managers and the opportunity to meet buyers of choice during business appointments, said Stacey Yocum, Manager, Regional Corporate & TMC Sales, Asia Pacific, American Airlines.
JAL is expected to launch Joint Business with Hawaiian Airlines (HA) in 2019 to facilitate enhanced access to 34 destinations throughout Japan and 11 points in Asia beyond Japan. JAL has also signed a memorandum with China Eastern Airlines to pursue a joint business agreement that will link over 80 of China’s domestic cities with JAL’s network. Come Summer 2020 when the Olympics take place, Japan Airlines will launch a new low cost carrier company as an alternative to mid-to-long haul options.
For American Airlines, the carrier codeshares with 29 airlines including Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas in Asia-Pacific. American is the first U.S. carrier to introduce Premium Economy on international routes and promotes its seamless international to international (ITI) baggage service for customers flying through Dallas Fort Worth.
Together, JAL and AA’s pacific joint business affiliation operate more than 3,070 daily departures over 35 countries and over 280 unique destinations via their Japan, China, South Korea, and Hong Kong gateways in Asia.