American Airlines president 'excited' about new relationship with JAL
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NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2010 (Kyodo News International) --
(Editors: ACCOMPANIED BY ONE PHOTO, ALONG WITH PHOTO CAPTION, FROM KYODO PHOTO DATABASE TREASURE, NUMBERED 2010120800242)

After winning an aggressive battle with Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE:DAL) to gain access to lucrative trans-Pacific routes, American Airlines (NYSE:AMR) Inc. President Tom Horton is enthusiastic about the opening of a new flight from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Tokyo's Haneda airport on Jan. 20, 2011.

''We're very excited about the future with JAL,'' Horton told Kyodo News in a recent interview at American Airlines headquarters in Dallas. ''I think this is going to be great for American Airlines and for Japan Airlines. (OOTC:JALFQ) ''

''Specifically, the JFK to Haneda route is going to be very powerful,'' the 49-year-old president pointed out.

The lure of Haneda airport, officially known as Tokyo International Airport, is its proximity to downtown Tokyo, about 30 kilometers closer than Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

''People are excited about being able to fly and land close in to Tokyo,'' Horton noted. ''It's going to cut the travel time significantly.''

The two U.S. airlines had been courting Japan Airlines Corp., which filed for bankruptcy protection in January, with financial aid to help the Japanese carrier.

The debt-ridden carrier apparently decided to strengthen its existing ties with American Airlines to avoid the costs and risks that would be entailed in defecting to the rival Delta-led SkyTeam alliance as it undergoes a state-led restructuring process under a three-year plan.

After receiving antitrust immunity from the U.S. Department of Transportation in October, Horton is looking toward the future with JAL and how to ''operate our business together, as one.''

The former chief financial officer explained that one way customers will benefit from the strengthened relationship is joint scheduling, creating ''the most efficient and most convenient schedule.''

''I think the joint business agreements are really a big part of enhancing the customer experience,'' Horton said, ''I think the customers are excited about that.''

Looking forward, Horton feels ''well positioned'' in the airline industry as American Airlines focuses on ''being big where it matters, not necessarily the biggest.''

The second-largest U.S. carrier was one of the only so-called ''legacy airlines'' in the United States not to file for bankruptcy in the past decade.

''It was a tough decade,'' Horton explained, ''but I think in some ways...it made the company stronger. We got a lot leaner, we moved a lot of costs, we became more efficient.''

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