American's planned nonstop from LAX-NRT next year depends upon Delta and/or Continental giving up their Tokyo rights.
Delta has dormant rights from LAX and JFK to Tokyo, while Continental has rights from HNL. Typically these rights are lost if left unused for 90 days. The rights were extended until April 1, 2002, and Delta asked for a further extension to April 1, 2003. The government only went through October 1, 2002.
So, Delta has a big decision to make. If they don't restart their LAX and/or JFK flights to Tokyo by October 1, they will lose these rights permanently to American. Same for Continental.
Note that American's service cannot begin unless Delta and/or Continental gives up their rights and fails to restart service by October 1.