U.S. and Japanese government officials had predicted that an open-air agreement would be reached this week, the fifth round of negotiations since 2009. But it wasn`t until Thursday that the talks ended up deadlocked, as a government official involved in the negotiations said, before recovering. American and Delta have been openly fighting in recent weeks trying to bribe JAL. In a statement late Friday, U.S. website Fort Worth, the second-largest U.S. carrier based in Texas, accused Delta of “last-minute efforts” to “derail” open-air talks. American also argued that a Delta-JAL partnership would be anti-competitive. ATLANTA, December 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) issued the following statement in response to the U.S.-Japan Open Agreement: The Agreement with the European Union (EU) authorizes the use of a European airline for travel outside the United States. Iceland and Norway are not members of the EU, but are members of the EU Air Services Agreement. It is the only one of these four agreements that allows an origin or destination in a third country as long as the flight in the EU is over. Haneda will fly internationally scheduled flights in October 2010, when a fourth runway opens. Recently, the Japanese government announced that it would allocate slots to Haneda for day flights to and from the United States and Europe.
During the open skies negotiations, some U.S. airlines made a strong commitment that slots would be conducive to the availability of slots at Haneda. To reach an agreement, Japan has agreed to open further flights to U.S. airlines at Narita, the country`s main airport for cross-border flights. Nevertheless, U.S. airlines are expected to have significantly less presence at Tokyo`s main domestic airport, Haneda, which will offer more international flights next year. “Delta thanks the negotiators of the United States and Japan for their efforts to develop an open skies agreement that oversees air traffic between the two countries. Delta Air Lines has a long history of supporting open skies in international markets and drawing attention to the benefits for consumers, airline employees and investors. “Continental is currently discussing closer cooperation with these two airlines on trans-Pacific routes, and this cooperation would be facilitated by the new open skies agreement,” a Continental statement said. The United States and Japan reached an “open skies” pact late friday to ease restrictions on cross-border flights and open the door to large-scale alliances between the country`s major airlines.
The list identifies all the current open-ski partners, that is, the U.S. and Japanese delegations met Wednesday in Tokyo to sign an agreement that would increase daily traffic between Tokyo Haneda Airport and U.S. destinations. The proposed amendment to the U.S.-Japan Open Skies Agreement provides for 12 new pairs of slot machines (12 arrivals and 12 departures per day) for U.S. airlines and 12 new slots pairs for Japanese airlines. The negotiators, who represent the United States and Japan on December 11, reached an agreement and closed the skies. One of the key elements of the negotiations was access to Haneda Airport in Tokyo. In a dowry statement said that the new growth agreement for U.S. airlines both on Tokyo Narita and ensures fair competition with regard to new opportunities in Haneda. Agreements with Australia, Switzerland and Japan allow the use of an Australian, Swiss or Japanese air carrier for international travel between the United States and these countries as long as there is no “City Pair” fare between the cities of origin and destination.