Aer Lingus Applies to Join Transatlantic AA-BA Joint Venture

By Paul Riegler on 24 December 2018
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IMG_6959 2Aer Lingus will likely become a part of the transatlantic joint venture with American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair.

The carriers have submitted a joint motion to the U.S. Department of Transportation seeking approval.

“We respectfully request that the Department amend DOT Order 2010-7-8 to extend its approval and grant of antitrust immunity (“ATI”) to Aer Lingus and an Amended Joint Business Agreement,” they said in the motion, filed on December 21.

The motion cites improvements created by the existing joint venture and states that the addition of Aer Lingus will create up to $96 million of new consumer benefits in the form of increased connectivity through codeshares and lower fares through the elimination of double marginalization.

“As the Department predicted, the Existing JBA has been a tremendous success for consumers, by connecting more transatlantic passengers to more destinations in North America and Europe and accelerating growth in new routes, flights, and seats, all while improving quality of service, lowering fares, and intensifying competition for transatlantic travel,” the motion goes on to say.

The AA-BA joint venture launched in 2010. Finnair joined in 2013.

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