US gives limited approval to Hawaiian-Japan Airlines venture

Japan Airlines is cleared to sell Hawaiian’s flights. (AP)
Updated 04 October 2019

US gives limited approval to Hawaiian-Japan Airlines venture

  • Hawaiian Airlines said it was disappointed by the decision
  • Hawaiian indicated that it would dispute the decision during a 14-day comment period.

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration rejected a bid by Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines for antitrust immunity to let them expand a partnership.

The Transportation Department said it plans to let the airlines sell each other’s flights and coordinate marketing and frequent-flyer programs for service between Hawaii and Japan, but without antitrust immunity they won’t be able to coordinate prices and schedules.

Hawaiian Airlines said it was disappointed by the decision.

“The tentative decision recognizes the consumer benefits of our joint venture, but it overlooks the importance of antitrust immunity that major global airline alliances already enjoy, harming a small US carrier like Hawaiian by preventing it from being able to compete on equal footing” with rivals, the airline said.

American, Delta and United have antitrust immunity for partnerships with foreign carriers.

Hawaiian indicated that it would dispute the decision during a 14-day comment period.

The Transportation Department said the airlines could get the same benefits from working together without antitrust immunity. Consumer advocates contend that antitrust immunity for airlines inhibits competition and leads to higher fares.

If the department’s ruling is made final, the airlines could cross-sell flights and cooperate in marketing programs for routes between Japan and Hawaii and from Hawaii to 10 other Asian countries, including China and South Korea, if passengers stop in Japan on the way. The deal does not cover flights to or from the
US mainland.


Expo 2020 Dubai: UAE begins one-year countdown with entertainment galore

Updated 20 October 2019

Expo 2020 Dubai: UAE begins one-year countdown with entertainment galore

  • Dubai prepares for eye-catching countdown on Burj Khalifa
  • Live performances from singer Mariah Carey and acclaimed Emirati singer and Expo 2020 ambassador Hussain Al-Jassmi

DUBAI: The seven emirates of the UAE is counting down to the Expo 2020 on Sunday with a number of simultaneous entertainment events across the country’s iconic landmarks, before it buckles down to business on Oct. 20 next year.

The event started with performances from Arab artists Khalifa, Shamma Hamdan, Abri and Funk Radius, Showcase and Jaysus Zain at the main stage. 

The main show will be at the Burj Park with global superstar Mariah Carey, joined by Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jassmi, who is also an official Expo 2020 ambassador. Bollywood actress Shraddah Kapoor will also be there, as the Burj Khalifa lights up for the count down.

The other six emirates are also marking the occasion with free-for-all activities in venues such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah, Ajman Museum, Umm Al Quwain Corniche, Al Qawasim Corniche in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah Fort.

The events, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Expo 2020 Director-General Reem Al-Hashimy said, will “offer a window into the once-in-a-lifetime celebration that awaits from October 20, 2020.”

“The next 12 months will see us put the finishing touches to ensure an exceptional World Expo,” she added, in a report by state-run WAM.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi will feature YouTube sensation Sandra Sahi, as well as singers Stephon Lemar, Layla Kardan, the Emirati Trio.

Indian band ROOH, singer and pianist Clarita de Quiroz, Egyptian oud player Rami Zaki and other regional artists are celebrating the count down at Sharjah’s Al Marjaz waterfront.

While the Ajman Museum will host Arabic fusion band, pop-rock musician Hydyy, Emirati soul singer Chakram, poet Storm Fernandes, artist Humaira Hussain and MC Mohammed Enaba.