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2-Feb-2010 11:06 AM

JAL remains "neutral" on international partner; decision to be made "as soon as possible"

Japan Airlines President, Masaru Onishi, stated discussions with an alliance partner are continuing, with the company's stance on the matter remaining “neutral”, but added that a decision on a partner will be made “as soon as possible”, reportedly by 15-Feb-2010 (Kyodo/Bloomberg/ Dow Jones/AP/AFP, 02-Feb-2010). JAL's new Chairman, Kazuo Inamori, added that the carrier plans to enact a rehabilitation plan “swiftly and steadfastly” (NQN, 01-Feb-2010).

Japan Airlines: "Under new management, the company is seriously reviewing the issue [of an international airline partner] from scratch, without being influenced by previous discussions," Masaru Onishi, President. Source: Shanghai Daily, 02-Feb-2010.

Japan Airlines: "It is fully possible to achieve a revival. We want to revitalise JAL swiftly…We can't imagine JAL without international flights. I would like to develop both domestic and international flights," Kazuo Inamori, Chairman. Source: AFP, 02-Feb-2010.