All Nippon Airways and El Al Israel Airlines have entered into a commercial agreement marking the beginning of a codeshare partnership to connect Japan and Israel. The partnership will start in the spring of 2024 with ANA placing its “NH” code on El Al-operated flights on the Tel Aviv-Tokyo Narita route, which was inaugurated in March 2023. Subsequently, El Al will place its “LY” code on select ANA routes, including domestic routes within Japan.
The airlines are also planning to sign a frequent flyer program agreement, enhancing benefits for mileage members traveling between Japan and Israel. 
Shinichi Inoue, CEO of ANA, said the agreement “will provide safe and convenient travel with greater opportunities for both business and leisure passengers between Israel and Japan.” The partnership, he said, “will strengthen customer service and connections between our countries and further enhance the relationship that has been growing in all areas for over 70 years.”

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Dina Ben Tal Ganancia, CEO of El Al, said that with the launch of the El Al flights between Tel Aviv and Tokyo Narita, the carrier has seen a great deal of interest among travelers between the two countries. The cooperation between El Al and ANA, she said, is an important element in ensuring the success of this route. “We look forward to our codeshare and reciprocal frequent flyer agreement,” said Ben Tal Ganancia, “which will bring tremendous benefits to our mutual customers and further strengthen the ties between our two countries.”

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