DOT Plans To Let Continental Join Star Alliance

Law360, New York (April 7, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Continental Airlines Inc., which is currently part of global airline alliance SkyTeam, has won preliminary approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to take part in a rival alliance that receives antitrust immunity and collaborates on pricing and on coordinating certain routes.

The DOT on Tuesday cleared the way for Continental to become a member of the Star Alliance, which already includes UAL Corp.’s United Airlines, Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Air Canada Corp.

The department also granted Continental antitrust immunity so that alliance members could coordinate...
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