JapanAirlines and American Airlines Set To Launch Joint Business in 2011
Tokyo, November 11, 2010 (Fort Worth, Texas, November10, 2010):Japan Airlinesand American Airlines,members of the oneworld(R)Alliance, today thanked officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for granting final approval to their joint request for antitrust immunityand plans for a joint business between North America and Asia.
“This final U.S. government approval, followingthe recentgrant by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, clears all regulatory procedures necessary for Japan Airlines and American Airlines to begin working on ourjoint business,”said Masaru Onishi, President of Japan Airlines. “We would like to express our gratitude to everyone involved in making this positive decision, and will from hence, move expeditiously towards creating morebenefits forour passengers, our companies, our financial supporters and our countries.”
“We appreciate the thorough review that DOT has given our request for antitrust immunity that will allow us to move forward with our joint business,” said Tom Horton, President of AmericanAirlines. “We also look forward to officials from the United States government and the government of Japan signing an Open Skies agreement, which will allow additional flights to launch from the United States to Japan.”
Both airlines anticipate launching theirtrans-Pacific joint business in early 2011whichwill provide enhanced travel options and experiences for passengers of both American Airlines and Japan Airlines.
Japan Airlines began service from Haneda to San Francisco in late Octoberand American plans to start its new nonstop daily service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport on January 20, 2011. Both carriers will codeshare on these flights.
About Japan Airlines
JapanAirlines - awarded the most punctual major global airline in 2009, is a member of the oneworld(R)Alliance and has a global network reaching more than 200 airports in over 30 countries and regions with its codeshare partners. Domestically, the airline covers some 50 airports throughout Japan. JAL operates an average of 22,000 international and domestic flights a month, and its fleet of more than 260 aircraft includes Boeing 777s, 767s, 737-800s, Airbus A300-600Rs and Brazilian-made regional jets, Embraer E170. Japan Airlines' frequent flyer program, JAL Mileage Bank (JMB), is one of the world's largest loyalty programs, with more than 20 million members worldwide. JAL also offers additional benefits for its top-tier members.
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection(R)serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning website, AA.com(R), provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld(R)Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)
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