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JAL shares dive 81 per cent in early trade

india Updated: Jan 13, 2010 07:09 IST

Shares in ailing carrier Japan Airlines plunged by more than 81 per cent to just seven yen in early trade on Wednesday, hit by a flood of sell orders amid fears it will be delisted from the bourse.

Investors have been dumping the stock on reports that the debt-ridden airline is preparing for a court-backed bankruptcy filing, possibly next week, and that its shares will be delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

JAL's share price dived by the daily limit of 30 yen for a second straight day to hit yet another record low of seven yen, down 81.08 per cent from Tuesday's closed.

The government has pledged to avoid a total collapse of the former state-owned carrier, but has refused to rule out bankruptcy proceedings, which could aid JAL's restructuring but would likely leave investors out of pocket.

US carriers American Airlines and Delta Air Lines are in a bidding war for a slice of the airline, the largest in Asia.