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Hess asks:
“Why is the Japanese government such more keen to Delta rather than AA? Does JAL really fit in DL/NW-Skyteam alliance? “

Maybe it’s because the Japanese government has a soft spot for Northwest (now part of Delta). Northwest helped set up JAL in October 1951. The first JAL passenger flight was operated by a crew leased from Northwest.

But if JAL were to join Skyteam then I can see conflict with fellow member Korean which operates a large hub at nearby Incheon airport at Seoul. Incheon rivals JAL’s hub at Tokyo Narita as a gateway to the region.