Delta, Virgin Blue Seek 5-Year Antitrust Immunity

Law360, New York (August 27, 2009, 3:54 PM EDT) -- Delta Air Lines Inc. is appealing to U.S. regulators for five years of antitrust immunity, saying it will not pursue a joint venture with Virgin Blue Airlines Group in Australia and the South Pacific without it.

Delta and nine-year-old Virgin Blue announced the proposed joint venture Wednesday, saying the pact would allow them to “compete more effectively” in the U.S., South Pacific and Australia.

The deal could see Virgin Blue split from its current South Pacific partner, UAL Corp. unit United Airlines.

The airlines also plan...
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