American, Qantas Halt Partnership Growth

By Jesse Sokolow on 29 November 2016
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DSC_0616American Airlines and Australian flag carrier Qantas announced the two would withdraw their application to the U.S. Department of Transportation to expand their joint venture after receiving a tentative denial earlier in the month.

The two had submitted the application in June 2015.

The agency said that, “given the scale of the resulting joint business,” travelers would have few competitive options.

Existing codeshare agreements between the two airlines will remain in effect and both airlines said they would separately consider their options.

American began operating flights between the United States and Australia in December 2015.

The two airlines first began their joint business venture in 2011.  At the time, American said that it had no intention of initiating service to Australia from the U.S.

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