Thanks to Dan Webb, at Things in the Sky, I learned this afternoon that the Department of Transportation has tentatively blessed the alliance between British Airways and American Airlines. To put it mildly, this has been a long time coming. I swear, I think I was working for American in Tulsa, Oklahoma the first time this came up. And God bless him, Mr. Crandall was still running American.
I think this is a wise move on the DOT’s part, regardless of what Sir Richard (as much as I love the Virgin brand) or anyone else has to say. Star Alliance and Sky Team need a strong competitor and there was simply no other way they were going to get one if this alliance wasn’t approved. Now, let’s see what American and BA come up with to show the world that this was worthwhile. One more way to spend AAdvantage miles!