JAL to leave OneWorld and join SkyTeam

Jan 16th, 2010, 07:07 AM
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JAL to leave OneWorld and join SkyTeam

Too bad because it is a great airline but they are having financial difficulties and Delta can provide more financial backing than AA.

Loved their First Class Lounge in Heathrow.
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Jan 16th, 2010, 08:05 AM
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Y, too bad. I believe this will hurt AA - they've been looking to strengthen NA/Asia route network where they are relatively weak compared to DL/NW and UAL.
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Jan 16th, 2010, 08:37 AM
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Sorry to hear this. We thoroughly enjoyed JAL's executive class recently (via AA air miles), and their Sakura Lounge at NRT was the best airline lounge I've ever been in.
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Jan 16th, 2010, 09:36 AM
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Not so fast. The Yomiuri report is being denied by JAL. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...p0OPTLKc&pos=5
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Jan 16th, 2010, 10:05 AM
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I hope your report is correct. I really like JAL and hope they do stay with OW.
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Jan 16th, 2010, 11:12 AM
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Oh, I hope they stay with AA!

If they don't, what does that do for getting to Asia using AA miles?
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Jan 16th, 2010, 11:19 AM
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Ditto....hoping the Bloomberg news is more accurate. I too really like JAL and fly them as much as I can whenever I get the chance to go to Asia.

If they don't, what does that do for getting to Asia using AA miles?

I guess CX- Cathay Pacific - would be the primary airline of OW to Asia.
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Jan 16th, 2010, 11:46 AM
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Is it still possible to book a OW award ticket or rtw ticket using JAL flights?
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Jan 16th, 2010, 12:15 PM
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AA will still be flying to Japan and China plus as mentioned above CX. That said I hope the Bloomberg report is more accurate than the Japanese business paper that I read, and JAL will be the 3rd option.
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Jan 16th, 2010, 12:18 PM
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not "the" 3rd option, but "a 3rd option"
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Jan 16th, 2010, 12:21 PM
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If the switch does happen, it will be sometime early in 2011 so I assume you should be able to book OW award or RTW tickets incorporating JAL, at least in the near future.
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Jan 16th, 2010, 04:48 PM
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JAL and DL have the biggest market shares between US and Japan. They will have a very hard time getting anti-trust approval to run the US-Japan routes as joint-venture. [History case: AA-BA for US-UK.]

The proposed NH/UA/CO joint-venture will be a lot easier for the anti-trust to clear.
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