Airline Partners Australia's pending $11.1 billion ($8.73 billion) buyout of Qantas is facing a chilling political wind, with a number of industry analysts and observers suggesting the deal will not fly. Sustained and vocal opposition from Prime Ministor John Howard's Liberal party has become almost a daily occurrence (ATWOnline, Feb. 19), with former Transport Minister John Anderson telling ABC Radio he did not think the deal was in the national interest. He raised concerns over debt levels ...

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