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Australia watchdog signs off Etihad-Virgin Blue alliance

Green light for five-year tie-up between Abu Dhabi carrier and Australian airline

Australia watchdog signs off Etihad-Virgin Blue alliance
The CEO of Etihad Airways, James Hogan. The airline is poised to close a five-year deal with Virgin Blue
Australia watchdog signs off Etihad-Virgin Blue alliance
TIE UP: Alliance is likely to promote competition and result in new international services between Australia and Abu Dhabi (Getty Images)

Australia's competition watchdog has cleared the way for the country's no.2 airline Virgin Blue to tie-up with Etihad Airways for five years, giving Virgin Blue a firmer footing in its plans to expand on international routes.

"The ACCC considers that the alliance is likely to promote competition and result in new international services, in particular between Australia and Abu Dhabi with onward connections to Europe," Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Graeme Samuel said on Thursday.

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Sky Observer 9 years ago

If this includes link up with 'Polynesian Blue' to cover NZ and the South Pacific Islands, then Mr Hogan will have a better coverage than Emirates into that part of the globe .....