American Airlines, Qantas to Refile Application for Joint Venture
LOS ANGELES—American Airlines and Qantas said the two carriers plan to refile their application seeking anti-trust immunity for the expansion of their joint business venture.
American announced its plans to refile on Friday during its earnings call; Qantas followed up with a statement on Saturday.
The airlines hope that their application will be more favorably received by the Trump administration than it was by the Obama administration.
The original application for a joint venture, which covered the United States, Australia, and New Zealand markets, was rejected in November by the U.S. Department of Transportation after opposition from rivals.
In the interim, the two airlines will limit the areas where the two cooperate that would require anti-trust immunity. This includes discontinuing a Qantas codeshare on American’s flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, starting on February 1 for new bookings. Qantas also plans to make changes to its frequent flyer program policy with American to bring it in line with other oneworld alliance carriers starting May 1.
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