Travelport and Japan Airlines have agreed to form a joint venture to operate a GDS tailored to Japanese travel agencies.

Under the agreement, Travelport and JAL will take ownership of Travelport Japan and Axess International Network, which is a subsidiary of Japan Airlines.

Travelport said it will offer agents services through Axess' eponymous GDS platform as well as Travelport's Apollo and Galileo platforms.