Qantas, AA Get Preliminary OK For Joint Operations

Law360, New York (June 9, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT) -- American Airlines Inc. and Qantas Airways Ltd. won interim approval from Australia's antitrust watchdog Thursday to begin coordinating their operations on trans-Pacific flights between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand.

The move would allow the two carriers to begin a joint sales and marketing campaign in both the U.S. and Australia without facing the threat of antitrust litigation in Australia, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said Thursday. Qantas had already begun operating flights to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas, and had requested...
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