Australia Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services Mark Vaile hosed down media reports that the government only will approve Airline Partners Australia's A$11.1 billion ($8.64 billion) takeover of Qantas if the airline guarantees that jobs and maintenance facilities remain in Australia. Speaking on ABC Television, Vaile said foreign ownership and other regulatory approval conditions have not been decided (ATWOnline, Dec. 20, 2006). "On the commercial side of ...

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