Japan Airlines (JAL) and Spain's largest air transport group - Iberia, both members of the quality airline alliance oneworld®, finalized a codeshare agreement that will once again connect customers between Japan and Madrid via Europe. Effective from February 24, 2011, JAL will start to codeshare on flights operated by Iberia between Madrid and two of JAL's online destinations in Europe - London and Frankfurt.
Up until October last year, JAL offered customers a connection from Tokyo (Narita) to Madrid via Amsterdam, by placing the ‘JL' flight code on Iberia flights between Amsterdam and Madrid. The codeshare arrangement was however suspended when JAL terminated its nonstop service to Amsterdam in October. Now, JAL and Iberia have reached a new agreement to offer customers flights to Madrid via Frankfurt or London - to which JAL operates a 777-300ER equipped with the airline's award-winning Executive Shell Flat Seat and Premium Economy service.