Virgin Urges Rejection of BA-American Partnership

Law360, New York (August 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The proposed joint venture between British Airways Plc, American Airlines Corp. and Iberia LAE would inflict severe harm on competition in the market for trans-Atlantic routes, despite the deregulation that came with the Open Skies treaty this year, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. has warned the two United States presidential hopefuls.

In letters to Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Virgin President Sir Richard Branson argued that allowing BA, American and Iberia to go through with their partnership plans would essentially hand the trio almost...
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