As expected, United Airlines, Continental Airlines and ANA filed an application with the US Dept. of Transportation for antitrust immunity across their combined transpacific network, which the carriers argued would generate "substantial service and pricing benefits for consumers." The application was made possible by the US-Japan open skies agreement reached two weeks ago, implementation of which is contingent upon ATI approval (ATWOnline, Dec. 15). "This joint venture. . .will significantly ...

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