Aussies Back Virgin Blue Alliances With Air NZ, Etihad

Law360, New York (December 16, 2010, 6:59 PM EST) -- The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Thursday conditionally authorized a three-year alliance between airlines Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd. and Air New Zealand Ltd., and moved closer to final approval of a joint venture between Virgin Blue and the United Arab Emirates' Etihad Airways PJSC.

The antitrust regulator indicated in September that it would deny the Virgin Blue-Air New Zealand alliance over concerns that the partnership would decrease competition for routes across the Tasman Sea, but the commission said it had since been swayed by an...
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