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September 26, 2017

Air Travel: Hawaiian - Japan Airlines Codeshare + More Flight Disruptions

A big codeshare agreement and continued disruptions from hurricane season are this week’s biggest air travel stories affecting the meetings and events industries.

Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines Announce New Codeshare Agreement

Two popular airlines between Hawaii and Japan have signed a comprehensive new partnership agreement that will aim to benefit travelers between the two island chains.  

The agreement between Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines, signed at a ceremony in Tokyo, takes effect March 25, 2018 (subject to government approval). The agreement provides for extensive code sharing, lounge access and frequent flyer program reciprocity.

As part of this comprehensive partnership, the two carriers also intend to establish a joint venture designed to provide even more choices, convenience and enhancements to the traveling public to/from Japan and beyond to multiple Asian markets.

In the near-term, JAL guests will have unlimited access to Hawaiian's vast neighbor island and Japan-Hawaii network, including non-stop flights between Sapporo and Honolulu.

Hawaiian Airlines will have full access to JAL's domestic network, which includes Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sendai and Aomori.

Hawaiian's Japan-to-Hawaii flights will be offered as new options within Japan Airlines' wholly owned subsidiary, JALPAK, a high reputable package tour operator in Japan.

JAL Mileage Bank and HawaiianMiles members will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights. Further opportunities for accrual and redemption of mileage will be expanded at a later date.

Guests will have access to both airlines' lounges, and when Hawaiian has completed its planned relocation to Terminal 2 at Tokyo Narita Airport, guests of each airline will be able to transfer between each carrier's networks.

Flight Disruptions Continue During Hurricane Season

Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria are still making their impact felt. The following airlines have issued travel waivers:

American Airlines customers traveling through Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos through November 30 can rebook through December 31. Customers flying through St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands through April 2, 2018, can rebook through September 30, 2018. Customers flying through St. Maarten through August 31, 2018, can rebook through September 30, 2018. Customers flying through San Juan through November 30 can rebook through March 31, 2018, and customers traveling through Antigua and Nassau in the Bahamas through September 30 can rebook through November 15. Customers flying through other affected Caribbean airports through September 30 can rebook through October 7.

United Airlines will waive change fees and any differences in fares for customers flying through affected airports through September 30, with rebooked travel to take place through October 7 between the same city pair. For rebooked travel after October 7, or for a change in departure or destination city, United will waive the change fee but a difference in fare may apply.

Customers flying Delta through the Dominican Republic through September 30 can rebook through October 7, with the new ticket to be reissued on or before that date.

Southwest Airlines reports that, even though limited operations have resumed at San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in Puerto Rico, its flights to the airport remain shut down. Customers flying through October 15 can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original date of travel between the same city pair.

Customers flying JetBlue through September 26 can rebook through October 7.

Delta to Add More Flights to Europe for Summer 2018

In flight news, Delta has announced the addition of more nonstop flights from Los Angeles, New York-JFK, Atlanta, and Detroit to top European destinations. Beginning summer 2018, Delta will add seasonal as well as new year-round service to the following flights in their trans-Atlantic schedule. 

From JFK, delta will increase service next year with seasonal flights to Ponta Delgada-Azores, Portugal beginning May 24. Year-round service to Lagos, Nigeria will begin March 24. Additionally, Delta will offer an upgraded flight on New York-JFK to London-LHR with the new A330 service. 

From Los Angeles starting June 16, nonstop service will be added from the LA hub to Paris and Amsterdam. From Atlanta, daily service to Lisbon, Portugal, will fly from May 24 to September 4. Delta’s third daily round-trip between Detroit and Paris will begin May 16 in addition to Delta’s and Air France’s existing service. The new flight will provide additional connections in Paris to over 100 destinations in Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.

Announced earlier this year, year-round service from Orlando to Amsterdam will begin March 30 and from Indianapolis to Paris May 24. This will allow for easy connections from the two European cities. 

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