SkyTeam expresses disappointment on JAL decision
SkyTeam member airlines stated they respect the decision made by Japan Airlines to remain in the oneworld alliance but added, "we believe that cooperation with JAL would have brought good opportunities to all parties involved". SkyTeam currently has a presence in Asia through existing partners such as China Southern, Korean Air and Delta Air Lines. Meanwhile, Delta stated it remains "committed" to its services to Asia and Japan, while Air France expressed disappointed at JAL's decision to remain part of the oneworld alliance. However, the carrier stated it is "ready to study any propostion [regarding the development of bilateral collaboration with Air France] made in a construction way". [more - Delta Air Lines][more - Air France][more - SkyTeam][more - Perspective I][more - Perspective II]
Delta Air Lines: "Delta is well positioned as the No 1 carrier between the US and Asia. Customers can continue to count on Delta for unmatched access to Japan, with nonstop service between 10 US destinations and Tokyo. With recently announced plans to invest USD1 billion in our product, Delta remains committed to providing a leading option for travel across the Pacific. Delta's competitive Pacific presence, along with our trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France/KLM and leading position in global markets, will continue to allow Delta and our SkyTeam partners to meet demand worldwide", Media Statement, 09-Feb-2010.