El Al agreed to plead guilty to colluding on cargo shipping charges and will pay a $15.7 million criminal fine, the US Dept. of Justice announced. The Israeli carrier joined LAN Cargo and subsidiary ABSA Cargo Airline, which also pleaded guilty last week and will pay a combined fine of $109 million (ATWOnline, Jan. 23). The three carriers "engaged in a conspiracy in the US and elsewhere to eliminate competition by fixing the cargo rates charged to customers for international air shipments," ...

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