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THE BIG THREE EFFORTS TO LIMIT COMPETITION

 ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Patricia Goldman, senior vice president of corporate communications for USAir, called American Airlines' petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation to delay implementation of USAir's and British Airways' code sharing agreement "yet another example of the Big Three's attempts to stop competition."
 American Airlines is asking that the DOT delay for three months, beyond the planned May 1 implementation date, USAir's and British Airways' code-sharing agreement.
 "It is rather easy to see through the Big Three's transparent motives," said Goldman. "Delaying code sharing for three months beyond our planned May start-up date will force USAir out of the peak transatlantic summer season. The Big Three, led by American Airlines, are demonstrating once again the lengths to which they will go to crush any and all competition."
 Goldman said that the Big Three are fully aware that code-sharing rights are already granted by current aviation agreements. In fact, Goldman pointed out, the Big Three already exercise code sharing: American with South African Airlines, United with British Midland and Delta with Singapore Airlines.
 "Code sharing, an airline marketing device that guarantees the flying public a more streamlined service system, truly benefits the consumer," Goldman said. "The Big Three's continued unbridled arrogance ultimately hurts customers by limiting their choices for airline travel."
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