The Australian competition watchdog has approved the British Airways-Qantas joint services agreement (JSA) on services between Europe and Australia for a further five years. Authorisation comes despite opposition from Virgin Atlantic, which has recently launched services between the UK and Australia. The JSA, which has been in operation since 1995, allows the two airlines to coordinate pricing, scheduling, marketing, sales, freight and customer service activities on the route. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission found that there is an overall benefit to the alliance.

Source: Flight International