Delta and Virgin seek antitrust immunity for JV

Victoria
By Victoria April 10, 2013 11:07

Delta and Virgin seek antitrust immunity for JV

 

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways have filed an application with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) seeking antitrust immunity for their joint venture on flights between North America and the UK. Last year, Delta acquired a 49% equity stake in Virgin Atlantic’s parent company.


The airlines claim that their JV will allow them to be more effective competitors by expanding the quantity and quality of travel options for customers of both airlines since it will help to break up the dominance of the American Airlines/British Airways on routes between London Heathrow and the US.

If approved for antitrust immunity, the two carriers would operate 31 peak-day round-trip flights between the UK and North America, and could be expanded to include new nonstop services between Seattle and London Heathrow.


Victoria
By Victoria April 10, 2013 11:07
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