Delta lost its bid today to form an alliance with Japan Airlines.
The Associated Press is reporting that JAL, wooed for months by Delta with promises of cash and a broad global network, spurned the Atlanta-based carrier and opted to keep its alliance with American Airlines.
The Japanese carrier said in a statement Tuesday it will strengthen its partnership with American and the two airlines will jointly ask the U.S. and Japanese governments for antitrust immunity on trans-Pacific routes, AP reports.
The decision brings to an end a fierce tug-of-war over Japan’s ailing flagship carrier, which is restructuring under bankruptcy but offers the U.S. airlines access to lucrative Asian routes.
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