The ACCC has granted authorisation for a Joint Business Agreement (JBA) between Qantas and American Airlines.  This follows the draft decision to grant authorisation issued in August.

The airlines will coordinate operations on services between Australia/New Zealand and the United States and on their respective services which support these trans-Pacific routes.

The ACCC does not consider that the JBA will have any anti-competitive effects, as Qantas and American Airlines do not currently provide any overlapping direct services on the trans-Pacific routes.  It expressed the view that the JBA is likely to result in new and improved products and services which will benefit passengers, including improved schedules and connectivity.  The ACCC has previously authorised an alliance between Virgin Australia and Delta Airlines on trans-Pacific routes.

The authorisation has been granted for 5 years.