oneworld strongly supports American and JAL's ATI filing13 February 2010
oneworld® warmly welcomes and strongly supports today's filing of an application with the US Department of Transportation by its members American Airlines and Japan Airlines for anti-trust immunity for a joint business agreement between North America and Asia. The airlines also will notify Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Tourism of their transaction.
oneworld Managing Partner John McCulloch said: "This is a very significant step by oneworld member airlines to deepen co-operation with Japan Airlines since it reaffirmed its membership of the alliance earlier this week.
"We are committed to supporting JAL in its restructuring, and expanded co-operation like this is a key element of that programme. The filing for anti-trust immunity in such a timely manner is proof of that commitment, and it is heartening for all of us in the alliance to see things move ahead so speedily on this front.
"It is also great news for consumers. An immunized joint business agreement between these partners will strongly benefit the public by strengthening competition and expanding choice in one of the world's fastest growing air travel markets."
For full details of American and JAL's application for anti-trust immunity, see http://aa.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=2848
oneworld brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Mexicana, Qantas and Royal Jordanian, and around 20 affiliates including American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru. Russia's S7 Airlines will join the alliance in 2010.
Between them, these airlines:
- Serve almost 750 airports in nearly 150 countries, with some 8.500 daily departures.
- Offer nearly 550 airport lounges for premium customers.
- Carry some 330 million passengers a year.
- Employ 300.000 people.
- Operate almost 2.500 aircraft.
- Generate some US$100 billion annual revenues in total.
It is the only alliance with any airlines based in South America, Australia or Asia's Middle East.
The alliance enables its members to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. These include a broader route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points across the combined oneworld network and more airport lounges. oneworld also offers more alliance fares than any of its competitors.
oneworld was voted the World's Leading Airline Alliance for the seventh year running in the latest (2009) World Travel Awards. It is the only winner of this award since it was introduced in 2003.