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SkyTeam members apply for antitrust immunity.

AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION-(C)1997-2001 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

Several members of the SkyTeam international airline alliance have filed a joint application for antitrust immunity with the US Department of Transportation.

The immunity, if granted, would allow the carriers to expand their current marketing agreements, as well as to develop a co-ordinated approach to sales and marketing programmes.

The SkyTeam partners involved in the filing are Alitalia, Air France, CSA Czech Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Delta Air Lines, Air France and CSA Czech Airlines already code-share on several transatlantic flights and Delta Air Lines and Alitalia have indicated that they will code-share on flights between the USA and Italy, as well as on services operated by Alitalia to destinations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The other SkyTeam members are AeroMexico and Korean Air and the carriers have stated that antitrust immunity for the aforementioned four members will not have an effect on the whole alliance.

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