DOT Gives Green Light to American Airlines, Qantas Joint Venture

By Jesse Sokolow on 19 July 2019
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An American Airlines 777 at DFW

An American Airlines 777 at DFW

American Airlines and Qantas Airways received final approval to operate a joint venture, the U.S. Department of Transportation said late Friday.

The agency issued a final order approving the plan and giving the two airlines antitrust immunity covering their international service after issuing tentative approval in early June.

The final order allows the two airlines to coordinate schedules, pricing, sales, and frequent-flyer programs

“We look forward to working closely with our valued partner, Qantas, on this new joint business [venture],”said American’s CEO, Doug Parker. “We now have the opportunity to launch new routes and provide enhanced service with better schedules, additional frequent flyer benefits and continued investments in the overall customer experience.”

The two airlines said they plan to add multiple new routes within the first two years of the joint venture including Chicago-Brisbane and San Francisco-Brisbane.

The DOT rejected in 2016 a similar application covering the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

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