JITI 2015 Aviation Seminar
Future Challenges of Open Skies Agreements

October 9th, 2015 

The Willard InterContinental Washington
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 

Since its creation over 20 years ago, U.S. Open Skies policy has spread throughout Europe and Asia. As the United States has reached Open Skies agreements (OSAs) with over 114 nations from around the world, it can be said that the greater part of global aviation market has liberalized today.

Because of such this widespread liberalization, international carriers have expanded both their markets and flight frequency, meaning lower fares. Moreover, alliance formation has led to closer cooperation among carriers, and their strategic global network planning is progressing.

On the other hand, due to stronger cooperation among the carriers, issues with OSAs have increasingly emerged, such as oligopolies in some markets and intensification of competition among traditional alliances – in part thanks to newcomers outside of the alliances.


JITI invited airline representatives from around the world to discuss issues and current network expansion circumstances in the global aviation market and the propriety of future growth of OSA liberalization.



Opening Remarks:


  • Makoto Washizu

    • President JITI USA

Keynote Speeches


  • Hideki Kunugi

    • Senior Vice President, The Americas
      General Manager, New York
      All Nippon Airways (ANA)

  • Michael Wascom

    • Managing Director, Government & International Affairs
      American Airlines

  • James Hnat

    • Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
      JetBlue Airways

  • Nancy Sparks

    • Managing Director, Regulatory Affairs

Panel Discussion:


  • Greg Walden

    • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

  • Tadashi Matsushita

    • Director of Strategic Planning, The Americas

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