JAL, American apply for anti-trust immunity

Guest Writer

Tokyo, February 13, 2010 (Fort Worth, Texas, February 12, 2010): American Airlines (AA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) today filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for antitrust immunity to forge a closer relationship and implement a Joint Business Agreement (JBA) governing the operation of their flights between North America and Asia. The airlines also will notify the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in Japan of the transaction.

“With immunity to enter a JBA, Japan Airlines and American Airlines will be able to cooperate more tightly in raising the quality of our services and thus encourage healthy competition in this promising region for the industry.” said JAL Group Chief Operating Officer and President Masaru Onishi. “Furthermore, not only will both carriers be able to improve operational efficiency but most importantly, our valued customers will receive greater benefits and convenience which we hope will place us in a position to always be the airlines of their choice.”

“An immunized JBA will benefit the public, offer new competition in the fast-growing Asian aviation marketplace and strengthen the relationship between American and Japan Airlines, which will support JAL’s successful restructuring,” said Gerard Arpey, American’s Chairman and CEO.  “It will improve customer choice by giving the oneworld

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