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Australian Government favours Virgin Blue/Etihad agreement

3-Nov-2010 11:24 AM

Australia's Government has submitted comments to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in favour of Virgin Blue and Etihad Airways’ plans to launch codeshare operations (The Age, 03-Nov-2010). The government stated the proposed agreement would “provide benefits to the Australian public and help support and sustain a competitive and sustainable … industry” and would allow V Australia to compete "across a range of other markets without the need for significant capital expenditure". The government plans to ensure the country maintains a second international carrier, previously also stating it will not allow Singapore Airlines to operate on the trans-Pacific route until V Australia has established itself.