JAPAN: Cargo merger of JAL and NCA likely dead

Air cargo merger talks between ailing Japan Airlines Corp and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha have reached an impasse over the basic framework of the deal, the Nikkei business daily reported. In August last year, the two companies had agreed to combine their air cargo businesses by April 2010. The plan called for JAL to spin […]


Air cargo merger talks between ailing Japan Airlines Corp and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha have reached an impasse over the basic framework of the deal, the Nikkei business daily reported.

In August last year, the two companies had agreed to combine their air cargo businesses by April 2010. The plan called for JAL to spin off cargo operations, which would then be absorbed by Nippon Yusen unit Nippon Cargo Airlines Co. (NCA). Nippon Yusen was to own a 50 to 60 per cent share in the new entity, with JAL holding the rest, Nikkei reported.

After JAL filed for bankruptcy protection last week, the state-backed Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corp (ETIC) of Japan sought to sell off the cargo business or keep JAL’s stake in the merged company to a minimum, the newspaper said.

“Doing so would remove the cargo operation’s aircraft and roughly 3,000 employees from the balance sheet. The segment has been logging an operating loss of more than 20 billion yen (US$220 million) a year,” the report said.