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Qantas, Air New Zealand to appeal alliance rejection.(Brief Article)

Qantas and Air New Zealand said they intend to appeal last month's decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to forbid their proposed alliance. In confirming its earlier draft ruling, ACCC found that the proposed partnership was "highly anticompetitive" and offered "little benefit to the Australian public." ACCC Chairman Grant Samuel, however, left the door open for Qantas and ANZ to resurrect their plans should circumstances change.

Qantas Chief Executive Geoff Dixon said he was "extremely disappointed" by the decision, which will prevent Qantas's taking 22.5% of ANZ and the carriers cooperating un services into, within and departing from New Zealand.

ANZ head Ralph Norris said the ruling was not unexpected and the airlines remain confident of a positive outcome through the Australian Competition Tribunal review, a process that could take 12 months or more to complete. …

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