15-Jan-2010 8:29 AM

Branson labels oneworld "hypocritical" in its objections of a JAL/Delta alliance

Virgin Atlantic's President, Sir Richard Branson, has again highlighted (14-Jan-2010) what he believes to be the "hypocritical approach" the oneworld alliance is taking over the possible Japan Airlines and Delta Air Lines alliance, compared to the proposed British Airways/American Airlines tie-up. [more - Press Release] [more - Perspective]

Virgin Atlantic: "Oneworld's approach to the potential JAL/Delta transpacific alliance is hypocritical in the extreme. BA and AA's arguments against the JAL/Delta transpacific alliance read like a carbon copy of our longstanding objections to a BA/AA transatlantic alliance. The only difference is that BA/AA poses a far greater competition issue and risk to consumers than JAL/Delta," Sir Richard Branson, President. Source: Company Statement, 14-Jan-2010.