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ANA turned tables at last minute by making Airbus a deal

From left to right, Skymark Chairman Takashi Ide, Integral Representative Director Nobuo Sayama and ANA Holdings Director Toyoyuki Nagamine.

TOKYO -- With a late-stage offer to buy aircraft from a key creditor, ANA Holdings defied predictions that U.S.-based Delta Air Lines would emerge as the aviation industry partner in Skymark Airlines' flight out of bankruptcy protection.

     "I'd been on edge to see how things would turn out today," ANA Director Toyoyuki Nagamine told reporters Wednesday. "Frankly, I couldn't be more relieved."

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