BA In Talks With JAL To Stay In Oneworld

September 18, 2009

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British Airways is attempting to persuade cash-strapped Japan Airlines to remain part of the Oneworld Alliance rather than team up with US rival Delta Air Lines, a BA spokeswoman said.

Two sources said earlier on Friday that BA and Oneworld partners American Airlines and Qantas could offer Japan (JAL) fresh capital and expanded business ties to fight off similar plans from Delta.

"There is huge value for JAL in being in Oneworld. We are working with American Airlines and other Oneworld carriers to demonstrate that to them," the BA spokesman said.

She declined to comment on whether BA would put up new capital for Japan.