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Qantas, Japan Airlines Services Unaffected by AMR’s Bankruptcy

November 30, 2011

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Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Qantas Airways Ltd. and Japan Airlines Co., partners with AMR Corp.’s American Airlines in the Oneworld alliance, said their services are unaffected by the U.S. company’s bankruptcy filing.

Qantas passengers booked on American Airlines-operated services with shared flight codes won’t be affected, the Sydney- based company said in an e-mailed statement. Japan Air’s codeshare flights with the AMR unit will operate as normal, said Satoru Tanaka, a spokesman for the Tokyo-based carrier.

AMR, owner of the world’s third-largest airline, filed for bankruptcy yesterday after failing to secure cost-cutting labor agreements. Other members of Oneworld include Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., British Airways and Finnair Oyj.

“We will continue our business activities with American Airlines as usual,” Carolyn Leung, a spokeswoman for Hong Kong- based Cathay, said in an e-mail to Bloomberg News today.

Qantas said its joint business agreement with American is also unaffected, with the companies continuing to cooperate on services across the Pacific Ocean. The Australian carrier flies four times a week to Dallas/Fort Worth, AMR’s largest hub, with the frequency to increase to daily by July.

--Editors: Garry Smith, Terje Langeland

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