JAPAN AIRLINES AND AMERICAN AIRLINES STRENGTHEN CARGO RELATIONSHIP THROUGH CLOSER COOPERATION
Airlines to Utilize Worldwide Networks to Offer Customers More Routing Choices and Increased Cargo Capacity Between Asia and the Americas
TOKYO and FORT WORTH, Texas - Japan Airlines (JAL) and American Airlines (American) have embarked on a closer cooperation aimed at strengthening international cargo operations for the two airlines. Their agreement, concluded in April this year, provides cargo customers with more routing choices, new destinations, and increased cargo capacity by more effectively utilizing the combined worldwide network of both airlines, covering some 300 distinct destinations worldwide, while maximizing the value of their combined routes between Asia, the United States, and Latin America.
The two airlines have begun using Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York and Honolulu as key transfer points for cargo traffic in the United States and Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya as transfer points in Japan. The agreement enhances the significance of Honolulu as an important transfer point for cargo between Asia and the Americas. The tighter cargo relationship is expected to enable both airlines to provide their respective customers with additional value, while maximizing the utilization of cargo capacity for both airlines.
In addition, new synergies between the carriers’ express products will now provide seamless transfer of express shipments between the airlines. Shipments which do not exceed 100kg will now receive immediate confirmation of space on both airlines, when customers select JAL’s J-PRIORITY and American’s EXPEDITESM product for the routing.
The joint business agreement between JAL and American which began April 1, 2011, is expected to benefit customers on many levels, including cargo. Both airlines continue to explore ways in which closer cooperation can bring increased benefit to customers.
About JAL Cargo
JAL Cargo, a division of Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., (JAL), provides cargo transportation services within Japan and to 17 countries and regions or 33 overseas airports utilizing the airline's operations of approximately 1,000 flights a day on 109 domestic routes and 47 international routes (as of May 1, 2011). JAL, awarded the most punctual major global airline in 2009 and 2010, is a member of the oneworld(r) Alliance and has a global passenger network reaching more than 225 airports in 38 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners. With a fleet of some 220 aircraft including Boeing 777s, 767s, 737-800s, and Brazilian-made regional jets, Embraer E170, JAL serves destinations in Asia, Europe, and Oceania, as well as in North America including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and Vancouver. JAL CARGO, which carried 897 thousand tons of payload in fiscal year 2010, offers a series of high-quality, tailored services collectively known as J Products that cater to the unique needs of various shipment that make all kinds of transportation possible. For more information, visit: www.jal.co.jp/en/jalcargo/.
About American Airlines Cargo
American Airlines CargoSM, a division of American Airlines, Inc., provides over 100 million pounds of weekly cargo lift capacity to major cities in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® regional airlines serve more than 250 cities in over 50 countries with more than 3,600 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American provides one of the largest cargo networks in the world, with cargo terminals and interline connections available across the globe. For more information visit www.AACargo.com.