Qantas & American Airlines


On 19 October 2020 Qantas Airways Limited (Qantas) and American Airlines Inc (American Airlines) and their related bodies corporate (the Applicants) applied for revocation of authorisations A91502 and A91503 and substitution for a new authorisation of similar conduct, administered through an restated Joint Business Agreement until November 2025.

The restated Joint Business Agreement would permit Qantas and American Airlines to continue their alliance and coordinate operations between Australia/New Zealand and the United States, Canada and Mexico beyond 18 March 2021, when authorisations A91502 and A91503 are due to expire.

Under the restated Joint Business Agreement, the airlines propose to continue to coordinate their operations on the trans-Pacific, including coordination in respect of marketing and sales, freight, pricing, scheduling, distribution strategies including agency arrangements, yield and inventory management, frequent flyer programs, lounges, joint procurement and product and service standards. A copy of the application is available below.

The Applicants have also requested interim authorisation.

The ACCC invites submissions on the applications for substantive and interim authorisation by 20 November 2020. Further detail on how to make a submission is in the consultation letter below.

An indicative timetable is set out below for your information.

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

19 October 2020

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

29 October 2020

Public consultation process begins.

20 November 2020

Closing date for submissions from interested parties.

December 2020/January 2021

Draft determination and interim authorisation decision.

January/February 2021

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

February/March 2021

Final determination.


  • Qantas Airways Limited
  • American Airlines, Inc

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000532-1


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