With Open Skies agreement in place, focus shifts to Japanese alliances

12/14/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The · NYTimes.com

After a decade of negotiations, the U.S. and Japan reached an Open Skies accord late Friday, creating more options for passengers and more opportunities for airline companies. The agreement will remove many limits on routes and frequency, while making it easier to create joint ventures across the Pacific. Both of Japan's major international carriers are expected to seek such alliances, and Japan Air Lines said on Saturday it plans to choose a partner "as soon as possible." Rival All Nippon Airways already has said it intends to seek a three-way alliance with United Airlines and Continental Airlines, pressuring JAL to choose quickly between Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, which have been aggressively pursuing the troubled carrier.

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