Virgin Atlantic Airways Chairman Richard Branson said Friday that he will fight the American Airlines/British Airways/Iberia transatlantic antitrust immunity application (ATWOnline, Sept. 1) "tooth and nail," adding, "it's a bit like allowing Coke and Pepsi to merge." AA fired back, accusing Virgin of resorting "to baseless arguments and hypocritical scare tactics," adding, "Virgin is intentionally trying to mislead regulators and the general public."

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