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Friday, 8th October 2010
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American Airlines and Japan Airlines venture approved

The US department of transportation has approved a joint venture between Japan Airlines and American Airlines.

It is expected the alliance will increase flights services between the two countries and provide a more comprehensive service to passengers.

Under the Open Skies agreement, there will be new daily flights from Haneda to San Francisco and Honolulu. Japan Airlines will commence the new service from October 31st.

Meanwhile, American Airlines will start daily flights between New York and Haneda on January 20th next year.

Tsutomu Ando, executive officer of international affairs at Japan Airlines, explained: "These new opportunities afforded by developments in the aviation landscape in Japan will allow us to optimize flight schedules [and] pricing and enhance operational efficiency."

Japan Airways recently announced an extended check-in time for international flights from Haneda airport, which means passengers now have until 40 minutes before departure to present themselves for their flight.

Written by Susan Ballion.

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