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Immunity Across Atlantic And Pacific

Oneworld executives anticipate anti-trust immunity approval

eTN Staff Writer  Apr 15, 2010

"We expect our applications for anti-trust immunity across the Atlantic and Pacific to be approved soon," said American Airlines chief executive Gerard Arpey at target="_blank">oneworld's governing board meeting where Aprey was chairman.

Airline alliance oneworld said last week it was expecting several of its member carriers to gain approval for anti-trust immunity across the Atlantic.

Aprey said the approval would level the alliance playing field between North America and Europe and ensure that alliance competition remains robust between North America and Asia.

"Both initiatives will enable oneworld to offer our customers even better services and benefits."

The US Department of Transportation gave American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair, and Royal Jordanian tentative approval in February for anti-trust immunity across the Atlantic.

However, the four transatlantic partners have hit some bumps in the past few months as the European Commission investigates whether approving anti-trust immunity will hurt competition and consumers.

Despite this, oneworld's governing board meeting saw member airline chief executives celebrate this year's progress, including the expansion of cooperation with Japan Airlines after it reaffirmed its membership with the alliance.

Oneworld also celebrated its addition of Mexicana in November, the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Kingfisher Airlines to join the alliance, and the expected joining of Russia's domestic carrier S7 Airlines later this year.

Oneworld executives anticipate anti-trust immunity approval
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