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US DoT Gives Antitrust Immunity To UAL/BMI

Fri Apr 05, 2002 4:57 am

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=5029

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Thursday gave United Airlines the go-ahead to form an alliance with British Midland Airways Ltd.

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RE: US DoT Gives Antitrust Immunity To UAL/BMI

Fri Apr 05, 2002 6:01 am

This is nothing spectacular. It all depends on the US/UK open skies agreement. No open skies = no BA/AA, UA/BMI alliances.

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RE: US DoT Gives Antitrust Immunity To UAL/BMI

Fri Apr 05, 2002 7:37 am

bet it doesnt mean giving up 200+ slots.

 
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RE: US DoT Gives Antitrust Immunity To UAL/BMI

Fri Apr 05, 2002 7:39 am

Arsenal- umm.. what are you talking about? UA/BMI have an alliance now.. they have anti trustimmunity... they dont need a open skies agreement to have it... only BA/AA needs it.
 
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RE: US DoT Gives Antitrust Immunity To UAL/BMI

Fri Apr 05, 2002 7:47 am

No they don't have anti-trust immunity, yet. The order is contingent upon the US/UK concluding an open skies agreement. Which means nothing has/will change until an open skies agreement is reached with the UK. And since the expectation is that the UK, as an individual entity (along with all other EU countries), will shortly lose the right to negotiate their own open skies agreement with the US, the value of this order is questionable.
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RE: US DoT Gives Antitrust Immunity To UAL/BMI

Fri Apr 05, 2002 7:55 am

So does this mean that BMI can codeshare on United's flights out of Heathrow to the US? I don't know why they don't do that already. Continental codeshares on Virgin's Heathrow-USA flights. Makes sense, no?

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RE: US DoT Gives Antitrust Immunity To UAL/BMI

Fri Apr 05, 2002 8:03 am

If I understand the current situation correctly, they can file to codeshare, but it would have to be approved by both governments. If/when open skies is achieved, then they could codeshare at will, as their anti-trust immunity would then be in force.
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RE: US DoT Gives Antitrust Immunity To UAL/BMI

Fri Apr 05, 2002 9:28 am

Yeah, i got the BMI/UA thing wrong, but the alliance in question now is the AA/BA one.

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