United, Continental and ANA awarded antitrust immunity by US DoT
United Airlines, Continental Airlines and ANA announced (10-Nov-2010) the US Department of Transportation (DoT) issued a final order granting antitrust immunity enabling the carriers to execute a trans-Pacific JV under which they intend to jointly develop flight schedules and sales activities. [more]
ANA: "ANA would like to express its appreciation to the US Department of Transportation for this final order, which recognises the positive benefits from our joint application. The clearance enables us to begin the preparatory work necessary to launch our joint venture next spring, and to cooperate more closely with United and Continental for the benefit of customers," Shinichiro Ito, President and CEO. Source: Company Statement, 10-Nov-2010.