TOKYO, Jan. 19, 2010 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and SkyTeam today issued the following statement in response to the announcement that Japan Airlines (JAL) has entered into court-led financial restructuring under the guidance of the Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corporation of Japan (ETIC).
Delta and SkyTeam fully support Japan Airlines and stand ready to provide assistance and support in any way possible. JAL, with the support of ETIC, will be successful in their restructuring and return the airline to its position of prominence. Delta went through a similar restructuring process, and as a result emerged in 2007 as one of the most financially sound and the world’s largest airline.
Delta and SkyTeam are confident that JAL customers will keep their trust and continue to book their travel on the flagship carrier of Japan, as they will not notice any impact to service as a result of the restructuring.
Delta has been in discussion with JAL to form a strategic partnership, leading the way to a long-term SkyTeam partnership that would provide significant benefits for JAL.
SkyTeam members include Aeroflot, Aeroméxico, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air and associate members Air Europa and Kenya Airways.