JAL, ANA Beefing Up Hawaii Services

Economy

Tokyo, Feb. 20 (Jiji Press)--Competition between Japan Airlines <9201> and ANA Holdings Inc.'s <9202> All Nippon Airways over Hawaii routes is intensifying as the major Japanese airlines are beefing up services to the popular travel destination among Japanese people.

On Tuesday, JAL announced a tie-up with Japanese hotel operator Seibu Holdings Inc. <9024> to offer experience tours in Kona, which is known for its rich nature such as the Kilauea volcano.

As the first of the tours, the two companies Tuesday jointly started selling a glamping plan, in which guests can enjoy luxury services outside while staying at large tents set up at Seibu's Westin Hapuna Beach Resort.

In 2017, JAL resumed flights between Narita International Airport near Tokyo and Kona for the first time in seven years. In March last year, it launched code-sharing flights with Hawaiian Airlines, which had previously been in partnership with ANA.

With its tie-up with Seibu, JAL aims to stay as the top Japanese airline in terms of market share of Hawaii routes. ANA currently does not operate between Japan and Kona.

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