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Continental Receives Tentative DOT Approval to Join Antitrust Immunized Alliance

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Wednesday, 8 April 2009

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has tentatively approved the application for Continental Airlines to join the existing antitrust immunized alliance between United Airlines and eight other Star Alliance member carriers, and for Continental to enter into an integrated worldwide alliance.

Continentals entrance into Star Alliance will provide substantial benefits for consumers worldwide while preserving domestic competition and jobs, said Larry Kellner, Continentals chairman and CEO. In addition, a timely final approval will allow Continental to provide a seamless transition for its customers from the SkyTeam alliance to Star Alliance this fall.

In addition to Continental and United, the eight Star Alliance members receiving tentative DOT  approval for antitrust immunity are Air Canada, Austrian, bmi, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), SWISS and TAP Air Portugal.

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