If I remember correctly, the slots themselves were leased to FedEx.
The route authorities for JFK
), Japan">NRT and LAX
), Japan">NRT, however, reverted back to the DOT. The DOT subsequently awarded those route authorities to AA
Should Delta regain its slots from FedEX, it could probably use the slots to increase service from ATL
. I believe, however, that it could not use the slots to restart JFK
), Japan">NRT or LAX
), Japan">NRT. There is, I think - perhaps someone can clarify this, a restriction in the current US/Japan bilateral that limits non-incumbent carriers (i.e., AA
, Continental, Delta) from operating on certain city-pairs. If Delta, for example, was still operating the LAX
), Japan">NRT route, AA
would be prohibited from operating on the same route.