October 1, 2010
The End of Continental Airlines
Continental Airlines is no more. As of midnight, the carrier became part of United Airlines. A commemorative video covering the storied history of Continental (set to music by Frank Sinatra) is available on YouTube here.
September 29, 2010
ICAO 37th Assembly Session
The International Civil Aviation Organization has created an elaborate website for its onging 37th General Assembly Session in Montreal, Canada here. The website features documents, press releases, and streaming video of the presentations which are being given at the event. A full copy of the Assembly's agenda is available here.
Jacobs on Southwest/AirTran Merger
Professor Michael Jacobs was quoted in an article in yesterday's Baltimore Sun on the pending merger between Southwest Airlines and AirTran. Jacobs discussed the antitrust implications of the proposed merger with regard to city pairs to and from the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. See Jay Hancock, Merger Would Give Southwest a BWI Chokehold, Sept. 28, 2010 (available here).
No Injunction for United/Continental
As noted last week on the blog here, Judge Richard Seeborg was asked to issue an injunction blocking the United/Continental merger as part of a private antitrust lawsuit against the link-up. Yesterday, Judge Seeborg declined to block the deal, stating that the plaintiffs in the case had failed to show that they would be personally harmed by the merger. See Judge Allows United-Continental Deal to Proceed, Assoc. Press, Sept. 28, 2010 (available here).
September 28, 2010
The Future of U.S./EU Aeropolitical Relations
The Wall Street Journal has an excellent story in today's edition on U.S./EU aeropolitical relations and the present state of U.S. policy initiatives with respect to foreign ownership of airlines. See Daniel Michaels, EU Transport Commissioner Backs Looser Airline Rules, Wall St. J., Sept. 28, 2010 (available here).