American Airlines and Four of Its oneworld® Partners Apply to DOT for Antitrust Immunity
American Airlines and four of its oneworld® Alliance partners today filed with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) for antitrust immunity effective March 30, 2008.
The other oneworld airlines that jointly filed the DOT application today are: Iberia, Finnair, Malev Hungarian Airlines, and Royal Jordanian Airlines.
The application seeks to allow the five airlines to cooperate in a wide variety of operational areas that will provide a more seamless travel experience for customers. Those areas include: codesharing, frequent flyer programs, route and schedule planning, advertising and marketing, pricing and yield management, revenue allocation, ground handling, cargo services, information technologies and distribution systems, and several other areas.
"Our proposal will significantly improve customer choice and convenience, produce important operating efficiencies that provide greater value to passengers and shippers, and increase competition with other alliances in thousands of origin and destination markets," said Henry Joyner, American's Senior Vice President - Planning. "We believe that an alliance with antitrust immunity is of vital strategic importance and will help us remain competitive with other transatlantic alliances that already have such immunity."
Joyner emphasized that the combined market shares of American and the other joint applicants are comparable or well below the transatlantic market shares of immunized members of the competing Star and SkyTeam alliances.
Each of the joint applicants will retain its own separate and independent corporate and national identity under the proposed application.
About American Airlines
American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, the AmericanConnection® airlines, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.
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