The Transportation Department plans to deny a request by Delta Air Lines to form a trans-Pacific alliance with Australia's Virgin Blue. The carriers had sought an antitrust waiver to share revenues while coordinating schedules and fares, but the DOT found that consumers would see few benefits from the proposed alliance. "We strongly believe our proposed alliance with the Virgin Blue Group will be good for consumers," Delta said following the DOT announcement. "We are reviewing the DOT's tentative order and will respond within the comment period." Delta and Virgin Blue have two weeks to object to the agency's findings.

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