Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways are both big winners in the auctioning of American Airlines and US Airways slots at Washington Reagan National Airport that the U.S. government required in order for American and US Airways to complete their merger in December.

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American Airlines Group Inc. is dropping 17 destinations from its schedule at Washington Reagan National Airport and three major cities from its New York LaGuardia schedule, but is adding new service to 10 cities from LaGuardia.

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The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has approved the settlement that AMR Corporation and US Airways Group, Inc. reached with the DOJ and several U.S. states of the lawsuit the two companies filed against them. It has also ruled that the merger may be consummated despite the fact a private antitrust lawsuit is still pending against the two companies.

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Merger clearance from the EU Commission and U.S Department of Justice has cleared the way for Delta Air Lines to buy from Singapore Airlines a 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways. Virgin Atlantic Airways and Delta have also detailed a codeshare agreement across 108 routes.

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At a special meeting held on March 23 in Orlando, more than 98.6 per cent of the votes cast and 77.5 per cent of shares outstanding were voted in favor of the transaction, according to AirTran Holdings, Inc., the parent of AirTran Airways.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has given initial approval for the application by American Airlines and four of its international partners for anti-trust immunity ― that is, immunity from monopolies prosecution ― to form an international joint venture.

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United Airlines, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Continental Airlines have applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for antitrust immunity to enable the three airlines to create a transpacific joint venture.

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