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Japan Airlines wrestles Hawaiian Air away from rival ANA

Code-sharing move marks once-bankrupt flag carrier's latest expansionary step

Service between Japan and Honolulu is one of only a few routes where Japan Airlines enjoys a flight advantage over All Nippon Airways.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan Airlines will start code-sharing with Hawaiian Airlines around March, seeking to build on its strength in service to America's 50th state -- the destination for a tenth of Japanese traveling abroad.

JAL is going on the offensive now that investment and route expansion restrictions linked to its 2010 government bailout have expired. Hawaiian Air has teamed with JAL's biggest domestic rival, ANA Holdings' All Nippon Airways, on code-sharing and mileage programs, but their partnership is now expected to end.

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