5:58 am February 9, 2010, by Henry Unger
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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