European Commission announced (09-Nov-2010) its has concluded its investigation and dropped charges against Thai Airways (THAI) and Malaysia Airlines and MASkargo for alleged involvement in air freight collusion. [more]
EC drops charges against THAI and Malaysia Airlines
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