Jetstar partners with JAL; China Airlines increases Osaka-Kaohsiung flights; Virgin fuel surcharge

Jetstar teams with JAL

Jetstar Japan, a joint-investment with the Qantas Group, Mitsubishi Corp. and Century Tokyo Leasing Corp., has announced that it will start a codeshare and mileage program partnership with Japan Airlines as well as Qantas.

Jetstar Japan and JAL have entered a codeshare agreement enabling JAL customers flying internationally to Tokyo (Narita), Osaka (Kansai) and Nagoya (Chubu) to book onward travel on the airline. Customers will be able to create a single itinerary with international and domestic flights with the JL code, operated respectively by JAL and Jetstar Japan. Also, with this latest development, JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) members can soon utilize their accrued mileage to redeem tickets on Jetstar Japan flights.

Reservations, sales and JAL mileage redemption of flights operated by Jetstar Japan began Feb. 27 for departures from Wednesday.

The airline is also planning to codeshare with Qantas, and customers can transit on Jetstar’s domestic flights through Narita from March.

Jetstar Japan services will be added to Qantas Frequent Flyer programs, too.

For more information, visit www.jetstar.com .

Kaohsiung-Osaka flights

Taiwan’s biggest airline, China Airlines, will increase the number and change the schedule of its flights between Osaka and Kaohsiung from July 1.

Current Flight CI166 operating from Kansai International Airport in Osaka to Kaohsiung International Airport, which is the second-largest airport in Taiwan, and Flight CI167 operating from Kaohsiung to Osaka are both in service on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

From July 1, both will be operated on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On that date and beyond, CI167 will depart from Osaka at 12:35 p.m. and arrive in Kaohsiung at 2:50 p.m., and CI166 will depart from Kaohsiung at 7:35 a.m. and arrive in Osaka at 11: 35 a.m.

The schedule is subject to the government approval.

For more information, visit www.china-airlines.co.jp .

Virgin fuel surcharge

Responding to the high price of crude oil and kerosene, as well as the increased cost of insurance coverage and airport security, Virgin Atlantic Airways has applied fuel and insurance surcharges, though the rate will remain unchanged for tickets issued after April 1 through May 31.

The price will be ¥23,800 including a ¥300 flight insurance charge for flights between Tokyo and London, through May 31. The price was decided in February based on the average price of Singapore kerosene from December 2012 to January 2013.

Prices for tickets issued on and after June 1 will be decided in April based on the average price of the kerosene from February to March, and so on every two months.

The fuel surcharge shall apply evenly to all passengers, and the same amounts apply to adults, children and infants. When an unused portion of the ticket is presented for refund, the surcharges for such sectors will be refunded in full. Amounts may change without advance notice subject to government approval of related countries.

For more information, visit www.virginatlantic.co.jp .