Members of the Oneworld alliance, led by American Airlines and British Airways, on Monday submitted replies to the Justice Department's rebuttals regarding their proposed trans-Atlantic alliance -- moving one step closer to a ruling on an application to secure antitrust immunity. "The proposed alliance should be approved and immunized without delay," the carriers said in a filing with the Transportation Department, arguing that Justice Department officials had failed to prove that competition would suffer as a result. But Virgin Atlantic, in its own filing with the DOT, continued to insist that the proposed tie-up would harm consumers, as suggested by regulators on two continents. "These concerns are absolutely justified and the alliance should not be given the go-ahead," said Richard Branson, Virgin's founder and president.
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