British Airways completes oneworld co-location at Tokyo Narita26 October 2010
All oneworld® member airlines serving Tokyo Narita will be operating from the same terminal from the end of this month, with British Airways transferring its operations alongside those of all its other alliance partners in Terminal 2 with effect from Sunday, 31 October.
Japan Airlines (JAL), American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair and Qantas are already based in Terminal 2 at Japan's main international hub.
British Airways' move alongside them will smooth and speed connections for passengers transferring between the UK airline and its oneworld partners at Narita, which is one of oneworld's key hubs in Asia.
Between them, these five airlines operate some 750 arrivals and departures a week at Narita, connecting it non-stop with around 50 destinations worldwide.
At Terminal 2, British Airways will offer its premium customers access to JAL's lounges. Its First Class and Executive Club Gold tier members will be able to use JAL's First Class Lounge, while its Club World and Executive Club Silver tier cardholders will be offered JAL's Sakura Lounge.
British Airways' Tokyo Narita terminal switch completes one of the alliance's biggest yet airport co-location projects, which began as JAL joined the alliance three years ago.
It is the latest step by oneworld member airlines to strengthen links with their Japanese partner following its reaffirmation to the alliance in February this year.
Since then, JAL and American Airlines have agreed a proposed joint business between North America and Asia, which they aim to launch early next year. It gained a tentative green light from the authorities in the USA and final approval from the regulators in Japan earlier this month.
Meantime, JAL has expanded code-sharing with many of its oneworld partners, including American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair and Qantas, making connections between their networks even smoother and easier still.
On the same day that British Airways moves into Tokyo Narita Terminal 2, oneworld's member airlines will also be celebrating their co-location at Tokyo Haneda, as that airport opens fully to scheduled international services.
At Haneda, oneworld's member airlines will offer:
- The airport's most extensive international network, including the only flights between Haneda and Europe, with services to both London Heathrow and Paris CDG, and New York or San Francisco, in the USA.
- More international capacity to and from Tokyo Haneda than any other alliance.
- The biggest domestic schedule at what is also Japan's biggest domestic hub.
- A host of new facilities for passengers, to ensure the smoothest and most comfortable of journeys on the ground whether they are arriving, departing or transitting.
From Haneda, JAL will from 31 October offer international service to Bangkok, Beijing, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Paris CDG, San Francisco, Seoul Gimpo, Shanghai Hongqaio, Singapore and Taipei Songshan. At the same time, Cathay Pacific will launch double dailies between the airport and its Hong Kong hub.American Airlines will inaugurate daily New York JFK services from Haneda from January, with British Airways offering flights to London Heathrow a month later.That will take oneworld's network served from the airport to 12 destinations served by 19 departures most days - more international destinations offered from Haneda than any other alliance.
oneworld aims to co-locate its member airlines within the same terminal at airports wherever its makes sense and opportunities allow. Projects have been completed at scores of airports worldwide with major initiatives completed recently at London Heathrow, Barcelona, Beijing and Shanghai.
About oneworld at Tokyo Narita
oneworld's airlines operate some 750 arrivals and departures a week at Tokyo Narita, serving some 30 destinations worldwide non-stops, with the smoothest of connections onwards connections throughout the world:
- American Airlines offers 35 departures a week to the USA - two a day to Dallas/Fort Worth and dailies to Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles and New York JFK.
- British Airways serves London Heathrow daily.
- Cathay Pacific operates to Hong Kong five times a day.
- Finnair operates daily flights to Helsinki.
- Japan Airlines operates an average of 40 passenger flights a day from Tokyo Narita to some 30 destinations worldwide.
- Qantas operates dailies to Sydney and three a week to Perth.
oneworld brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Mexicana, Qantas and Royal Jordanian, and around 20 affiliates including American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru. Russia's S7 Airlines will join the alliance on 15 November 2010 with Air Berlin and India's Kingfisher Airlines both member elects. Between them, these airlines:
- Serve almost 900 airports in nearly 150 countries, with some 9,500 daily departures.
- Offer more than 550 airport lounges for premium customers.
- Carry 340 million passengers a year.
- Operate a combined fleet of almost 2,500 aircraft.
- Generate around US$90 billion annual revenues in total.
oneworld enables its members to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. These include a broader route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points across the combined oneworld network and more airport lounges. oneworld also offers more alliance fares than any of its competitors.
oneworld was named the World's Best Alliance in the 2010 World Airline Awards and has been voted the World's Leading Airline Alliance for the past seven years in the World Travel Awards. It is the only winner of this award since it was introduced in 2003.