DOT Approves Hawaiian Air/JAL Joint Venture, Tentatively Denies Antitrust Immunity

By Jesse Sokolow on 3 October 2019
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A Hawaiian Airlines 717

A Hawaiian Airlines 717

The U.S. Department of Transportation approved an application by Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines on Thursday to form a joint venture but tentatively denied antitrust immunity.

The two airlines applied for the antitrust immunity in June 2018 and promised “significant advantages” for consumers including lower fares and additional travel options.

The DOT will allow the carriers to sell each other’s flights and coordinate marketing and frequent-flyer programs for flights between Japan and Hawaii. The approval also covers routes from Hawaii to ten other Asian countries if passengers stop in Japan en route.

“This joint venture will combine two premier brands in the highly competitive Japan-Hawaii market, and travelers from both of our countries will benefit,” said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian’s CEO, at the time the application was filed.

Without antitrust immunity, the two airlines won’t be allowed to coordinate prices and flight scheduling.

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