Delta and Virgin Blue seek more time to respond to rejection of JV

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Delta Air Lines and the Virgin Blue Group have asked the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for additional time to respond to the regulatory agency's tentative decision rejecting the their application to form a joint venture.

The agency set a two week deadline for the carriers to respond to its tentative ruling published on 8 September.

Delta and Virgin are requesting that the deadline be extended by three weeks, to 13 October, explaining the agency "identified a number of concerns" that the two companies "believe require specific and detailed responsesthe additional time will assist the development of a more complete record, and enable the applicants to address the issues identified".

The joint venture, initially proposed in July 2009, includes Delta, and Virgin carriers Virgin Blue, V Australia, and Pacific Blue. Polynesian Blue is not part of the proposed arrangement. The joint venture received approval from Australian regulators in December.

Delta and Virgin also began codesharing in January.