As 2010 draws to a close, I wanted to offer my sincere appreciation to the many people who have made this
year a successful one for American Airlines across the Asia Pacific. From our employees to our partners to
our valued customers – your continued commitment and support is the wind beneath our wings.
And what a year it’s been! In Japan, 2010 saw us celebrate the reaffirmation of our partnership with fellow
oneworld alliance member Japan Airlines (JAL); the approval of a joint business plan that takes our
partnership with JAL to a new level; the signing of an historic Open Skies Agreement by the Japanese and
American governments; and the commissioning of the new International Terminal at Tokyo International
Airport at Haneda. In China, American Airlines inaugurated new non-stop service between Beijing and
Chicago; was official airline sponsor of the USA Pavilion at World Expo 2010; and in 2011 will be launching
non-stop service between Shanghai and Los Angeles.
We are excited about the new customer benefits of our joint business with JAL, including access to more
transpacific flights with more connections to cities beyond these routes at a wider variety of fare levels. We will phase further implementation of our
joint business, providing customer benefits as quickly as they become available. We are working hard to align our sales policies and procedures –
particularly for First and Business Class customers – and to integrate fully our customer support.
Signing of the Open Skies Agreement, meanwhile, paves the way for American Airlines to launch a daily, year-round, nonstop service between
New York (JFK) and Haneda Airport on January 20, 2011. The first flight from Haneda on this exciting new route takes place on January 22. The
new service will complement the two daily flights that JAL is now operating between Haneda Airport and the U.S., giving oneworld the most daily
nonstop U.S.-Haneda flights of any alliance.
Meanwhile, at Tokyo Narita International Airport, oneworld partner British Airways has relocated to Terminal 2, bringing oneworld airlines together
in one convenient location and giving customers access to easier connections and amenities such as our world-renowned Admirals Club.
And there’s more to come in the New Year. In addition to the new Haneda-JFK service, January 2011 will also see American Airlines move its
Asia-Pacific regional office to the same building as Japan Airlines in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo. Co-location of our offices with JAL will enable us to
forge closer working relationships with our valued partner.
In China, where American has operated non-stop daily service between Shanghai and Chicago since 2006, this year in May we inaugurated new
service linking Beijing with Chicago – one of 5 key Cornerstone gateways maintained by American in the U.S. (along with Dallas/Fort Worth, Los
Angeles, Miami and New York). Furthermore, customers can look forward to new non-stop service connecting Shanghai with Los Angeles from
We see value in promoting cultural exchange and opportunities that enable Chinese and Americans to learn more about each other. Our
commitment to bridging cultures between two nations was demonstrated during World Expo 2010 as official airline sponsor of the USA Pavilion.
As we reach the end of 2010, we are filled with the hope and optimism that this holiday season brings, and we
again, thank you very much. May we wish you and yours a 2011 filled with much prosperity, joy and safe journeys.
Vice President & Managing Director, Asia-Pacific
U.S. Department Of Transportation Finalizes Decision Granting Antitrust Immunity
For American Airlines And Japan Airlines
American and Japan Airlines Set To Launch Joint Business In 2011
American Airlines and Japan Airlines, members “This final U.S. government approval, will provide enhanced travel options and
of the oneworld® Alliance thanked officials with following the recent grant by Japan’s Ministry experiences for passengers of both American
the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Airlines and Japan Airlines.
granting final approval to their joint request for Tourism, clears all regulatory procedures
American plans to start its new nonstop daily
antitrust immunity and plans for a joint business necessary for Japan Airlines and American
service between New York's John F. Kennedy
between North America and Asia. Airlines to begin working on our joint
International Airport and Tokyo's Haneda
business,” said Masaru Onishi, President of
“We appreciate the thorough review that DOT International Airport on Jan. 20, 2011. Japan
Japan Airlines. “We would like to express our
has given our request for antitrust immunity that Airlines began service from Haneda to San
gratitude to everyone involved in making this
will allow us to move forward with our joint Francisco in late October. Both carriers will
positive decision, and will from hence, move
business,” said Tom Horton, President of codeshare on these flights
expeditiously towards creating more benefits
American Airlines. “We also look forward to
for our passengers, our companies, our
officials from the United States government and
financial supporters and our countries.”
the government of Japan signing an Open Skies
agreement, which will allow for additional flights Both airlines anticipate launching their
between the United States to Japan.” trans-Pacific joint business in early 2011. It
oneworld® Voted Leading Airline Alliance For Eighth Year Running
oneworld has been a three-time winner of the Best Airline Asia.
named the World’s Alliance title from Business Traveller
Leading Airline Alliance magazine. •oneworld’s biggest airport co-location
2010 in the World’s project in Asia was completed at the
Travel Awards The award is the latest landmark for end of October, with British Airways
-described by the Wall oneworld in what is turning into breakthrough moving alongside all the other on-line
Street Journal as the year for the alliance. In other key milestones oneworld airlines in Terminal 2 at
“travel industry’s equivalent of the Oscars”. It so far in 2010: JAL’s Tokyo Narita international base.
is the eighth year running that oneworld has
won this honor, retaining the “best alliance” • American Airlines and Japan Airlines • oneworld positioned itself as the
title since 2003. gained final approval from both leading alliance at Tokyo Haneda, as
Japan’s authorities and the U.S. it opened to scheduled international
oneworld was also named World’s Best Department of Transportation (DOT) services, offering the airport’s widest
Airline Alliance in the 2010 World Airline to their joint request for antitrust international network and biggest
Awards, presented by the Skytrax airline immunity and plans for a joint domestic operation.
quality organization in May. oneworld is also business between North merica and