Japan Airlines (JAL) wants to enter an agreement to work more closely with American Airlines (AA). Under the deal, the two airlines would work together on flights between North America and Asia. “We are excited to have taken another defining step towards forging a closer relationship with our partner American Airlines so that we can combine strengths to offer our customers travelling on trans-Pacific routes unprecedented convenience and flexibility.” said Japan Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Masaru Onishi. “”With the immunity, we can greatly enhance competition in this region of growth, including at the strategically-located Haneda Airport which will soon commence scheduled international flights.” “We appreciate the important role of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and look forward to receiving the appropriate government approvals that will allow us to provide customers with more integrated air service in one of the world’s growing aviation markets,” said AMR Chairman and CEO Gerard Arpey. The airlines are awaiting approval from MLIT and the U.S DOT.