Virgin Blue 737-800. Photo: Rob Finlayson. Qantas’s market stranglehold in Australia is set for the most dramatic shakeup since the demise of Ansett in 2001 after the Australian competition regulator gave approval for Virgin Blue’s comprehensive alliance with Air New Zealand, reversing a draft decision rejecting the alliance (ATW Daily News, Sept. 13) and a draft tick for its tie-up with Etihad Airways (ATW Daily News, Sept. 24). The two alliances underpin Blue makeover ...

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