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Japan Airlines enters bankruptcy, ANA loses ground on “unfair competition” concerns

Japan Airlines’ shares closed flat at JPY5 per share yesterday as the airline announced as expected, after the market close, that it would file for bankruptcy. JAL shares will be delisted on 20-Feb-2010.

The Nikkei ended down 0.83%, or 90.18 points, at 10,764.90, yesterday, with All Nippon Airways dropping 4.2%, as it expressed concern that JAL's bankruptcy protection will result in the an “unfair competitive environment” in Japan. ANA stated, “we believe it is important to secure customer convenience by the injection of public funding, however, we are also highly concerned that the fair and competitive environment would not be secured under the financial support and injection of public funding”.

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Elsewhere, Korean Air added 3.2% yesterday. Hong Kong’s benchmark index rose 1.0% yesterday, with Cathay Pacific advancing 1.4%.

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Asia Pacific selected airlines daily share price movements (% change): 19-Jan-2010