The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has dealt Qantas and American Airlines a setback in their efforts to expand their alliance on routes between the US and Australia. On Nov. 18, DOT tentatively denied the two carriers’ plans for a metal-neutral joint venture (JV) between the two countries and New Zealand. “[DOT] is tentatively concluding that the proposed alliance expansion would harm competition in the US-Australasia market, in particular the large US-Australia ...

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