American Airlines' private equity group partner, TPG, may reportedly invest up to JPY100 billion (USD1.1 billion) in Japan Airlines through a private purchase of preferred or common stock, according to The Nikkei (18-Nov-2009). American Airlines has reportedly made a separate proposal, including a JPY30 billion (USD336 million) investment.
American Airlines partner, TPG, may invest up to USD1.1 billion in JAL
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Korean Air quietly bet the house on an Asia-North America transfer business, but now needs a friend as airlines in mainland China and elsewhere add rapid growth to the trans-Pacific. In the space of five years Cathay Pacific and Air Canada have overtaken Korean Air, while China's airlines have gone from being collectively smaller than Korean Air to nearly three times as large.
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