Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12956 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3373 times:
If true, bad news for Airbus; JAS had just announced a plan to begin replacing its A300B2 with new -600s. However, it does make considerable sense from a business point of view and of course, from Boeing's point of view.
JAS has a large MD80/90 fleet, which combined with JAL/JALExpress's 734s, would make a useful target for Boeing to replace with 737NGs. JAS has 772s as well, which are powered by PW engines, so these would fit nicely into place. The Airbuses would unfortunately have to go; can't see an AB6 ever appearing in JAL livery.
In what marks the first restructuring of the Japanese transport industry in 30 years, No. 1 air carrier Japan Airlines Co. and third-ranked Japan Air System Co. have agreed to the lose terms of a merger, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported in its Sunday edition.
The merger, aimed to boost the domestic market share of the two airlines, would form the world's six largest airline based on passenger miles and would offer stiff competition to Nippon Airways Co., the newspaper said in a report that did not quote company executives. The move also comes about as a weak domestic economy continues to sap company profits.
Executives of Japan Airlines, its top shareholder Tokyu Corp., and Japan Air have been discussing ways to clinch the deal by the end of the year. Both plan to have the deal approved at their respective shareholders meetings in June, the newspaper said.
The Japan Airlines group currently has 25 percent of the domestic airline market and Japan Air 23 percent, making its combined market share evenly split with that of Nippon Airways.
Tokyu, which owns 30 percent of Japan Airlines, had been trying to beef up its bottom line through restructuring but has since said it views a merger as the only viable salvage.
in a different article, which i found at airliners.net´s news section JAL dismissed reports it intended to merge with JAS. ???
If only pure sweetness was offered, why's this bitter taste left in my mouth.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8409 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3185 times:
JAS have a lot of A300s, something like 34 if I'm right. JAL won't ground the whole lot straight away, so they probably will appear in JAL livery, at least for a while (a la Qantas A300s after the merger with TN, Pan Am DC10s after the merger with National). Can't wait.
This might also soften up JAL for the A380, since there will be Airbus fans coming into the fold from JAS. Or maybe they'll keep the A300-600Rs (including future orders) and lose the 767s, some of which must be seriously old by now. All speculation of course...maybe they'll reintroduce Convair 880s? D'oh!!
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