19 January 2010

JAL Files Bankruptcy

Japan Airlines filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo today, and named a new CEO in efforts to turn things around.

What could that mean for the six flights (three NRT-HNL, one KIX-HNL, one NGO-HNL, and one NRT-KOA) to Hawai‘i? That remains to be seen until the cutting of unprofitable routes are announced, but capacity on flights here remain good.

JAL is also expected to switch from the OneWorld Alliance (American Airlines) to SkyTeam (Delta Airlines). With the switch it would give SkyTeam a total of nine flights between Hawai‘i and Japan. The Star Alliance will continue to have four flights (three UA and one NH). OneWorld will now have none.

Honolulu Advertiser coverage.

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