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US Approval For Air France & KLM Merger  
User currently offlineSydscott From Australia, joined Oct 2003, 3666 posts, RR: 20
Posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4696 times:

I dont think this question has been posed yet but what effect, if any, will a grouping consisting of Air France/KLM/Northwest/Delta and Continental have on the US competition authorities in terms of the AA/BA alliance??? What percentage of traffic will this grouping hold at Paris and Amsterdam compared to BA/AA at Heathrow??? Could BA and AA use this as leverage in with the competition authorities in the US???

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User currently offlineFRA-Runway From Germany, joined Jul 1999, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4645 times:

This can't be compared.
LHR: is a closed market. "Open skies" only for AA, UA, BA, VS and no slots available, CO, DL, NW... are not allowed to operate there.
CDG: no restrictions, anyone can fly there, slots somehow available, market is less important than LHR.
So if merger BA/AA would be completed it would be a completely different story.

User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4462 times:

Comparing the groupings would be somewhat annecdotal... for one thing, most of these airlines DL/AF/AZ/OK + CO + NW/KL are currently still competitiors.

AA/BA were seeking antitrust immunity.

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