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Delta Air Lines

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has hired a consultant to lobby Japanese politicians, analysts and opinion leaders as it seeks a tie-up with

Japan Airlines

,

Bloomberg

reports, citing two people familiar with the situation.

The world's largest carrier hired Fleishman Hillard this month to promote the airline to the Japanese public,

Bloomberg

reports.

Japan Air, also known as JAL, is undergoing a restructuring and has resumed talks with Delta and

AMR's

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American Airlines about a potential investment and a global partnership.

The U.S. carriers plan to send top executives to Tokyo before the end of the month, people familiar with the talks said last week,

Bloomberg

reports.

Delta is looking to tap Fleishman's ties with Japan's newly elected majority Democratic Party of Japan. Fleishman, a unit of

Omnicom

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, advised the party during an election campaign in 2004,

Bloomberg

notes.

JAL and American Air are currently members of the Oneworld airlines' alliance. Delta is a member of the competing SkyTeam alliance.

Last week, American CEO Gerard Arpey strongly urged JAL to

continue its partnership with the carrier

, saying JAL could "end up as a junior partner and a feeder carrier" if it goes elsewhere.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York

.

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