United They Stand

When the Federal Government refused to back troubled United Airlines' request for $1.8 billion in aid last week, executives at Continental Airlines and Northwest Airlines must have patted themselves on the back. In an unusual display of ganging up on one of their own, the two carriers had for months aggressively and publicly lobbied against the payout. But now the carriers, along with Delta Airlines, are pushing to form an unprecedented three-way alliance that is causing even more consternation among their competitors. The three airlines have asked the Department of Transportation (DOT) to rapidly approve the alliance, which would allow the...

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