2010 to see more action on airline alliances

12/31/2009 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Several crucial decisions are expected next year on international airline alliances, and the outcomes could shape travel for years to come. Across the Pacific, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are battling over a partnership with Japan Airlines, and American admits its "ability to serve Japan will be extremely limited" should JAL switch alliances. Meanwhile, four carriers in the Star Alliance will begin their "virtual merger" on trans-Atlantic routes tomorrow, while American continues to await regulatory approval for a similar venture with two of its Oneworld partners.

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