Last gasp against American Airlines/US Airways merger

Today is the final filing day for those in opposition to the American Airlines/US Airways (AA/US) merger. The merger rules and regulations allow objectors to the settlement to file comments that must be addressed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) prior to the final approval of the merger. A collection of consumer groups, including the Consumer Travel Alliance, will be making such filings today.
By |February 7th, 2014|Today|1 Comment|

Weekend what we’re reading: Delta cuts non-stops to Europe, 6 business travel complaints, AA improves

This weekend we look Delta's schedule changes to Europe in conjunction with their Skyteam partner Air France-KLM. A frequent business traveler discusses his big travel gripes. Finally, AA improves its service after a horrible two weeks of cancellations and maintenance issues.
By |October 14th, 2012|Today|5 Comments|

Canada authorities challenge the United/Air Canada joint venture, it’s about time

Finally, a competition regulatory authority has taken action against the growing airline joint ventures. Nothing more than an attempt to totally control prices, scheduling, profits and marketing of airline routes, is now getting a closer look from the Canadian Commission on Competition.
By |June 29th, 2011|Today|1 Comment|

The airlines’ international antitrust trifecta — SkyTeam, Oneworld, Star Alliance all now premited to collude with partners

The airlines can claim a massive victory with their latest victory in the antitrust immunity grant to American, British Airways and Iberia as well as their other partners in Oneworld. They may now compare notes, fares, schedules and costs for their international routes.

What we’re reading: Hotel upgrade strategies, Airline antitrust immunity in Japan, Boeing 787 tests halfway there

Strategies for getting hotel upgrades, Airlines apply for antitrust immunity in Japan, Boeing 787 tests reach halfway point

DOT’s shift from protecting the public to protecting large airlines

Airline consolidation has been taking two tracks. First, airlines are merging. Second, antitrust immunity granted to airline alliances has created an international, government-approved oligopoly that controls 85 percent of the market.

BA and Iberia agree to merger. Is this good for international travelers?

Perhaps even more important that the merger agreements being considered here in the U.S.A., mergers in Europe are changing the landscape of international travel. This consolidation was just punctuated by the BA/Iberia agreement last week. During the past year or so, Lufthansa's purchased Swiss, Austrian, Brussels and bmi. And before that, Air France and KLM created a jointly run airline.
By |April 13th, 2010|Today|1 Comment|

AA, BA, IB, et.al. get antitrust immunity, consumers get less competition

Over the weekend, the Department of Transportatin (DOT) announced that they have given the oneworld Alliance provisional antitrust immunity. This brings oneworld into line with SkyTeam and Star Alliance and is the final nail in the coffin of advancing competition between scores of airlines in the international arena.
By |February 15th, 2010|Today|4 Comments|

Senators ask Transportation Department to heed warning on airline alliances

In a bureaucratic battle between the Department of Transportation and the Department of Justice, members of the Senate Judiciary committee have raised their voices once again. They are warning about the pending antitrust immunity for the American Airlines/British Airways/Iberia OneWorld Alliance.
By |October 22nd, 2009|Today|4 Comments|

Who should control airline antitrust immunity? DOT or Justice?

What department within the federal government should have the final say about airline antitrust immunity? Two decades after the Department of Justice (DOJ) allowed the Department of Transportation (DOT) to rule on the first airline alliance that initially has minimal antitrust implications, the stakes are higher and the oligopoly bigger.
By |August 20th, 2009|Today|2 Comments|