As Continental Airlines was being officially inducted into the Star Alliance at an October 27 ceremony at Newark Liberty International Airport, two new talking points surfaced regarding another potential new member of the alliance and possible additional members for the Atlantic-Plus-Plus international joint venture within Star.

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British Airways’ Chief Executive Willie Walsh has called publicly for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to approve the airline’s proposed joint venture with American Airlines and Iberia, claiming it would strengthen competition on transatlantic flights.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has given final approval for Continental Airlines’ application to join an antitrust-immunized alliance that includes United Airlines and eight other Star Alliance member carriers.

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