6 JULY 2009


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Article from BTNews 6 JULY 2009

Continental Airlines Star Alliance bid in question

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES has been thwarted in its bid to join Star Alliance by the US Justice Department according to a report by Reuters News Agency.  It seems that in comments delivered to transportation officials, the Justice Department raised a number of concerns with the airline’s bid to join the Lufthansa driven organisation.  It offers blanket antitrust immunity for the carrier which would allow it to share pricing, scheduling and other information within Star Alliance members.  Continental declined to comment on specific aspects of the Justice Department's observations.  The carrier said it would address those issues in its own response to the Transportation Department but is confident that, with revisions, the membership application will go ahead. www.continental.com

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