Qantas Airways and American Airlines have dropped their application to expand their partnership in transpacific markets, following a tentative rejection by the US Department of Transportation (DOT). DOT issued its draft decision Nov. 18, and the two carriers initially signaled they would contest the agency’s finding. However, they received a further setback Nov. 25 when DOT rejected their request for more time to file their response. “It was clear it would take longer than the ...

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