Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) and JAL - Japan Airlines (JL, Tokyo Haneda) have applied to the Malaysian and Japanese aviation regulators for an exemption to form a metal neutral joint business partnership.

The two Oneworld members are seeking to cooperate on non-stop services operated by either of the two airlines between Malaysia and Japan, including Kuala Lumpur Int'l-Tokyo Narita, Kuala Lumpur-Osaka Kansai, and Kota Kinabalu-Tokyo Narita, as well as routes within Malaysia or Japan connecting to or from the international sectors.

The JBA is subject to approval by the Malaysian Aviation Committee (MAVCOM) and the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism.

The two airlines already have an extended codeshare partnership covering both routes between Japan and Malaysia, as well as domestic and other international flights.

According to the ch-aviation capacity module, Malaysia Airlines currently flies from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo Narita (12x weekly) and Osaka (daily), as well as from Kota Kinabalu to Narita (2x weekly). JAL operates daily from Narita to Kuala Lumpur. ANA - All Nippon Airways (NH, Tokyo Haneda), AirAsia X (D7, Kuala Lumpur Int'l), and Malindo Air (OD, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) also connect Malaysia and Japan.