The Civil Aeronautics Board has asked President Carter to sign an order reducing Japan Air Lines' all-cargo flights between Japan and the United States in retaliation for a Japanese action against the U.S. all-cargo carrier, Flying Tiger.
The board, in a draft order sent to Carter Friday, asked the JAL's current 17 all-cargo flights between the two countries each week be cut by more than 17 percent to 14 flights each way. The action was recommended in response to Japan's refusal to approve extension of Flying Tiger's current three-a-week U.S.-Japan flights in include a stop in Singapore.
The CAB notice said the government of Japan has refused to approve the extension "notwithstand the strong objections of the U.S. government." It said the refusal "impaired, limited and denied operating rights" provided in the air agreement signed by both countries.
The result of Japan's action is that Flying Tiger's services have been unilaterally restricted" in violation of the agreement, "while JAL remains free to operate those schedules which best serve its interest," the CAB said.
"Moveover, JAL continues to carry cargo between Singapore and the United States via Japan," it continued.
The CAB argued that retailiatory action against JAL is "in the public interest" and is "a reasonable response to Japan's restriction."
In addition, it added, it would not permit JAL to publicly state or advertise that it operates any all-cargo flights between any point in the United States and Japan that connects with any JAL all-cargo flight between Japan and Singapore.