The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted final approval to the joint request by American Airlines and Japan Airlines for antitrust immunity for their...

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted final approval to the joint request by oneworld-alliance members American Airlines and Japan Airlines for antitrust immunity for their proposed joint business between North America and Asia.

“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,” says Tom Horton, president of American Airlines. “We also look forward to officials from the United States government and the government of Japan signing an Open Skies agreement, which will allow for additional flights between the United States to Japan.”


“This final U.S. government approval, following the recent grant 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 our joint business,” says Masaru Onishi, president of Japan Airlines.

Japan Airlines has remained a member of the oneworld alliance despite Delta Air Lines' determined efforts throughout 2009 to persuade JAL to become a member of the rival SkyTeam alliance instead. The photograph shows a Japan Airlines Boeing 7777-300ER painted in a special theme livery to show the airline's membership of oneworld

The two airlines anticipate launching their transpacific joint business in early 2011 and say it will provide enhanced travel options for the passengers of both American Airlines and Japan Airlines. The airlines’ receipt of antitrust approval from both the U.S. and Japan will allow them to coordinate schedules, fares, codesharing, connections and capacity on all the routes they operate between the United States and Japan.

American plans to start a new nonstop daily service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport on January 20, 2011. Japan Airlines began service from Haneda to San Francisco in late October. Both carriers will codeshare with each other on these flights.

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