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With JAL and All Nippon certain to take two slot-pairs each, their respective global alliances, Oneworld and the Star Alliance, are assured access to Haneda. American is a Oneworld member, and United and Continental are part of Star — and they have all applied for antitrust immunity on trans-Pacific routes.

Because Delta’s alliance, SkyTeam, has no member in Japan, it “must have the ability to offer Haneda service from both West coast and Eastern U.S. hub gateways,” the carrier said in its application. We’ll have to wait and see if the Department of Transportation agrees.

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