United, Continental and ANA get thumbs up for transpacific venture

11 Nov 2010 by BusinessTraveller

The carriers have been granted anti-trust immunity to launch a joint venture on transpacific flights.

The US Department of Transportation has issued a final order granting anti-trust immunity for the three carriers, which will now jointly develop flight schedules and sales activities on transpacific routes.

Commenting on the news Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United Continental Holdings (the holding company for the recently merged airlines of United and Continental), said:

“Today’s final approval by DOT enables us to begin working toward a more convenient, more seamless experience for travellers on both sides of the Pacific. We thank the DOT for their thoughtful review.”

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