The US Dept. of Transportation yesterday approved Continental Airlines' entry into Star Alliance, granting tentative antitrust immunity to the carrier and certain Star partners and to CO's proposed transatlantic joint venture with Air Canada, Lufthansa and United Airlines. The alliance and the four carriers seeking the JV, to be called "Atlantic Plus-Plus," petitioned for antitrust immunity last summer (ATWOnline, July 24, 2008). ATI enables airlines to coordinate their operation and act as ...

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