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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Japan Airlines sticks with Oneworld

For the past few months I've been watching the Japan Airlines slow-moving financial drama from afar. Not only is the airline in need of significant short term financial support and a major overhaul to cut costs but they have also been flirting with an offer of assistance with Delta. This would have seen Japan Airlines leave the Oneworld alliance and switch to Sky Team.

Needless to say this would have left Oneworld with a big hole in Asia with intra-Asian flights limited to Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, ie almost exclusively all via Hong Kong.

Today, Japan Airlines confirmed it will stick with Oneworld. This is very good news.

However, those booked with Japan Airlines on future flights (this includes me) are not necessarily unaffected. Expect a culling of some unprofitable routes and probably service cutbacks also.


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