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JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity

Japan Airlines and American Airlines recently submitted an application to Japan's Ministry of Land, Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism, in an effort to work more closely together "on the operations of flights between North America and Asia."  The two airlines applied to the United States Department of Transportation in February for approval of their proposal on the American side.  The Department of Transportation has not yet approved the request, and it is unknown whether or not it intends to.  The timeline for any decision from the Transportation Department on the request is not forthcoming.

The airlines seek immunity from certain anti-trust laws in both countries.  Approval of immunity will, according to a news release posted to the website of Japan Airlines, increase competition in the trans-Pacific travel market, and create "a more comprehensive network, expanded flight options, access to more fare levels and enhanced services."

Japan Airlines was formed in 1951, and has hubs at both major airports in the Tokyo area, business-oriented Haneda International near the city center (IATA: HND; ICAO: RJTT), and suburban Narita International (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA).  Its corporate headquarters is in Tokyo.  American Airlines was founded in 1930 as American Airways, and originally based in the City of New YorkIt moved its headquarters to Dallas, Texas in 1979.  American's largest hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW).  Both airlines are members of the Oneworld global airline alliance, the third-largest such alliance in the world, and winner of the 2010 Best Airline Alliance award at the World Airline Awards held in Hamburg, Germany last month.

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