Qantas and JAL


On 18 December 2020, Qantas Airways Limited (Qantas) and Japan Airlines Co Ltd (JAL), together the Applicants, applied for authorisation for a Joint Business Agreement in relation to their operations across a range of routes between Australia/New Zealand and Japan.

The Applicants submit that the Joint Business Agreement will enable them to work together in respect of marketing and sales, pricing, scheduling, distribution strategies and agency arrangements, yield and inventory management, frequent flyer programs, lounges, joint procurement, product and service standards and cargo. 

The Applicants are seeking authorisation for the Joint Business Agreement and associated agreements for three years.  A full copy of the application for authorisation is available below.

The ACCC invites submissions on this application by 29 January 2021.

The ACCC will progress its assessment of the application in a timely manner. An indicative timetable is set out below for your information.

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

18 December 2020

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

23 December 2020

Public consultation process begins.

29 January 2021

Closing date for submissions from interested parties.

February 2021

Applicant responds to issues raised in the public consultation process.

March 2021

Draft determination.

March/April 2021

Public consultation on draft determination.

May 2021

Final determination.



  • Qantas Airways Limited
  • Japan Airlines Co Ltd

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000540-1


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