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oneworld Governing Board Welcomes JAL’s New President

oneworld Governing Board Welcomes JAL’s New President

oneworld welcomed Masaru Onishi, Japan Airlines new president to its governing board meeting held in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 8th.  It was the first oneworld Governing Board meeting since Japan Airlines recommitment to oneworld. 

Mr. Gerard Arpey, President and Chief Executive Officer of AMR and oneworld Governing Board Chairman, warmly welcomed Mr. Onishi and expressed his appreciation of Japan Airlines membership reaffirmation.  He also took the opportunity to update members of the media on oneworld’s “breakthrough year,” further establishing oneworld as the premier alliance.

Highlights include:

    • JAL’s reaffirmation of its membership in oneworld
    • Russia’s S7 joining later in 2010
    • Kingfisher, India’s biggest domestic airline and the sub-continent’s only five-star airline, as assessed by the SkyTrax airline quality research organization, taking its first step towards membership
    • Tentative U.S. Department of Transportation antitrust immunity approval achieved for transatlantic airlines – American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, and Royal Jordanian
    • Antitrust immunity application filed for American Airlines and Japan Airlines
    • British Airways and Qantas’ joint services agreement tentatively re-approved
    • Plans to deepen tthe British Airlines and Japan Airlines relationship through closer cooperation such as co-location at London's Heathrow Airport, sharing of airport lounges, and the expansion of codeshare flights


  • AA’s ATI application with British Airways, Iberia, Finnair, and Royal Jordanian is progressing, and we have received tentative approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • The oneworld alliance as a whole will be strengthened by the success of our application, and oneworld will be on a level playing field with other alliances in the transatlantic
  • Consumers will benefit from more travel choices, enhanced frequent flyer programs, and greater access to discounted fares

American Airlines and Japan Airlines

  • American and JAL on Feb. 12, 2010 filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for antitrust immunity to forge a closer relationship and implement a Joint Business Agreement (JBA) governing the operation of their flights between North America and Asia.
  • The airlines continue to expect to receive approval of their application later this year.
  • In addiion, to the extent tha non-immunized sharing of best practice is allowed, executives from American and JAL are holding regular and fruitful discussions in the U.S. and Japan on a number of subjects, including: fuel management and conseration; maintenance strategy and planning; fleet planning and modernization; business process re-engineering and information technology

Haneda Slot Filing

  • In February 2010 American filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to acquire two daily slot pairs to operate year-round scheduled service to Tokyo International Airport at Haneda (HND), starting Oct.1, 2010. 
  • American proposes to fly to Haneda, the closest airport to downtown Tokyo, from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the two largest markets between the U.S. mainland and Tokyo.
  • New York and Tokyo are two of the world’s principal financial centers, and Los Angeles, the nation’s second largest city, has substantial ties to Japan. 
  • With almost 70 million annual passengers, Haneda is the fourth busiest airport in the world.
  • The new service will strengthen American’s relationship with oneworld partner Japan Airlines, which has extensive operations at Haneda.
  • There has been no scheduled service between the U.S. and Haneda since Narita opened in 1978.


  • Mexicana, the leading carrier of Mexico and Central America, joined oneworld on November 10th, 2009
  • Mexicana and the oneworld airlines have been working together to expand the scope of the current cooperation agreements to offer greater value to our customers
    • In January 2010, Mexicana and Japan Airlines expanded their codeshare agreement to include new routes that enhance the alliance’s product offering between Mexico and Japan
    • Mexicana maintains codeshare agreements with American Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Qantas
  • Mexicana has enhanced oneworld’s network, especially its already strong presence in Latin America, by serving almost 70 destinations in 14 countries in the Americas and Europe
  • Since Nov. 2009, members of the MexicanaGO Frequent Flyer program have been able to earn and redeem mileage awards on all oneworld carriers
  • The 100 million members of the established oneworld airlines’ frequent flyer programs have been able to earn and redeem awards and tier status points and other oneworld benefits on Mexicana and its two affiliates - MexicanaClick and MexicanaLink

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