Airline antitrust ruling

Airline antitrust ruling - U.S. to Miss Deadline on Airline...

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Dow Jones Reprints: This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, use the Order Reprints tool at the bottom of any article or visit www.djreprints.com See a sample reprint in PDF format. Order a reprint of this article now U.S. to Miss Deadline on Airline Antitrust Ruling OCTOBER 27, 2009 By DANIEL MICHAELS And KAVERI NITHTHYANANTHAN Differences between the U.S. Transportation Department and the Justice Department are contributing to delays in the Transportation Department's ruling on a proposed alliance between AMR Corp.'s American Airlines, British Airways PLC and Spain's Iberia Líneas Aéreas de España SA, according to people familiar with the case. The Department of Transportation, or DOT, won't issue a preliminary ruling on the three carriers' application for antitrust immunity by its original Oct. 31 deadline, these people said. The delay will be at least two weeks and could push a final ruling into early next year, these people added. AMR Chief Executive Gerard Arpey said last week that the DOT may not decide by its Oct. 31 deadline, but he gave no details and said he was optimistic that regulators will approve the airlines' request. American, BA and Iberia have applied to antitrust authorities in the U.S. and the European Union for permission to
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