This is good news for BA and AA. Both have aspirations (or should that be 'delusions') of world domination, and to try and unite would be a nasty power-struggle that would end sooner or later, the sooner the better (shorter court case). KLM and NW have an alliance that works cos neither are the biggest in their respective markets. Narrow escape for both airlines if you ask me. BA/AA NO WAY, as Virgin say.
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