6:41 am February 9, 2010, by Henry Unger
There was a time, just a few years ago, when Delta was known as a powerhouse over the Atlantic — but not so much over that other big body of water.
But with the acquisition of Northwest, Delta became a much more powerful carrier to be reckoned with over the Pacific, as well.
Now comes word, however, that its bid to hook up with Japan Airlines failed, with bankrupt JAL staying in an alliance with American.
The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation called Tuesday’s news a “massive win” for Gerard Arpey, CEO of American’s parent company AMR Corp, Associated Press reported.
“American stood to lose more than Delta, which already has a significant presence at Narita Airport,” the Sydney-based aviation research group said in a report.
It expects Delta to strengthen its presence in Tokyo on its own and expand in other Asian markets through its ties with SkyTeam members Korean Air and China Southern Airlines, AP wrote.
Still, Delta fought hard to try to win JAL.
So, do you think Delta lost a lot by failing to land the deal? Why or why not?
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