The world's airlines--with a few exceptions--must have breathed a sigh of relief on July 10 when the US Dept. of Transportation overrode the objections of the Dept. of Justice and approved antitrust immunity for Continental Airlines' membership in Star Alliance and Atlantic Plus Plus, the proposed joint venture subset of Air Canada, Lufthansa, United Airlines and Continental. DOT tentatively had agreed to grant immunity in April but then delayed finalizing the decision at the ...

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