21-Jun-2010 10:45 AM

ANA submits antitrust application for cooperation with United and Continental

All Nippon Airways applied – with Star Alliance partners United Airlines and Continental Airlines – for antitrust immunity on Japan-USA routes with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan (Dow Jones, 18-Jun-2010). The carriers filed the request under an open skies agreement reached in Dec-2009 between Japan and the US. In Dec-2009, the three carriers filed a request for antitrust immunity with the US Department of Transportation for enhanced cooperation between North America and Asia.