The EU Commission and the UK Competition Authority raise concerns about a proposed alliance between British and US companies airlines (British Airways / American Airlines)

"Air transport — The proposed British Airways-American Airlines alliance"* In August 2001, the Commission, the UK Office of Fair Trading (‘OFT’) and the US Department of Transportation (‘DoT’) were informed of the intention of British Airways (‘BA’) and American Airlines (‘AA’) to deepen their bilateral alliance on transatlantic routes. This proposed alliance included profit-sharing, code-sharing, joint marketing and schedule co-ordination. As a result of these arrangements, BA and AA would have ceased to compete against each other. In February 2002, the parties eventually decided to terminate their alliance agreements in the light of the conditions imposed by DoT to clear the deal. At that time, the joint investigation launched by the Commission and the OFT had not been completed, although

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Christine Tomboy, The EU Commission and the UK Competition Authority raise concerns about a proposed alliance between British and US companies airlines (British Airways / American Airlines), 31 January 2002, e-Competitions Cooperation between National Competition Authorities, Art. N° 36956

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