United, Continental and ANA apply for antitrust immunity


United Airlines, Continental, and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have applied for antitrust approval in an effort to create a more efficient trans-Pacific network.

Upon receiving U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) approval, the immunity application will allow United, ANA and Continental to jointly manage a number of trans-Pacific activities.

These activities include scheduling, pricing and sales, offering customers a greater selection of routings and a wider range of fare and service options.

"This joint venture, coupled with the recently announced open skies agreement between the U.S. and Japan, will significantly enhance our ability to serve customers in Japan and throughout Asia and offer new choice and convenience for customers," said Glenn Tilton, United’s chairman and CEO.

"By making this closer cooperation between our partner airlines, we will be able to strengthen our trans-Pacific network and improve our services," said Shinichiro Ito, President and CEO of ANA.

"We are looking forward for our application to be approved, which will create greater convenience for our valued customers," he added.

"Our network of service to nine Japanese cities will be enhanced by giving our customers more options for using our flights in conjunction with United and ANA for trips both within the region as well as on trans-Pacific routes," said Larry Kellner, Continental’s chairman and CEO.

In July 2009, DOT granted antitrust immunity to United and Continental, which enabled the two airlines to coordinate schedules and fares for services outside the U.S.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
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