Fri, Nov 20, 2009
Delta Is Courting Japanese Carrier For SkyTeam
Delta Airlines has proposed a package worth more than $1
billion to JAL in an effort to woo the Japanese carrier away from
American Airlines and the oneworld Alliance.
JAL already has an extensive codeshare agreement with American,
but also has codeshare agreements with SkyTeam members such as
KLM-Air France. The Wall Street Journal reports that both AA and
Delta began talks with JAL earlier this year as the Japanese
company struggled through the economic downturn.
American Airlines released a statement Wednesday regarding the
oneworld "Total Value Proposition" for JAL, which reads:
"American and its oneworld partners are confident that the total
value proposition they offer JAL is superior in every way to any
alternative. An offer to make up for lost revenue at best merely
gets JAL back to status quo while introducing costly disruptions
and distractions that would naturally follow a risky move to switch
alliances amid a massive financial restructuring.
"American stands ready to make a significant investment in JAL
and remains confident that an American-JAL partnership can readily
obtain antitrust immunity as early as the middle of next year,
which would allow JAL to realize approximately $100 million in
revenue annually in future years. American strongly believes that
benefit can't be matched by another partner, and it would be in
addition to the approximately $500 million in annual revenue that
oneworld delivers to JAL today.
"When you add up the facts, the most value and best long-term
solution for JAL comes from remaining with oneworld so that it can
continue to focus on its recovery with partners that can help it
build a stronger foundation for the future."
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