Tuesday, October 6, 2009

oneworld's Preemptive Strike

With the Department of Justice actively interjecting itself into airline alliance antitrust immunity proceedings before the Department of Transportation, the oneworld Alliance filed an advance rebuttal to the issues raise in the Justice Department's late filing to the Continental/Star Alliance docket.  See Dkt. No. OST-2008-0252, Joint Applicants' Motion to Leave to File and Supplemental Comments (Sept. 8, 2009) (available here). 

While oneworld's rebuttal is only 25-pages long, the filing contains over 100 pages of additional supporting studies on the development and benefits of airline alliances and the competitive parity which would be created by a grant of antitrust immunity for the alliance. 

There is no word yet on when or if the DOJ will file a direct response to oneworld during the proceedings. 


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