Delta and the carriers of the Virgin Blue Group have given the Transportation Department a list of the routes where they want to begin codesharing, in the first phase of what they hope to be a joint venture with antitrust immunity.

The carriers said in a joint filing that they would like the DOT to act "as soon as possible" to permit Delta and V Australia to display codes on each other’s flights between the U.S. and Australia. Delta and V Australia presently are direct competitors between Los Angeles and Sydney.

In addition, V Australia seeks the right to display its code on Delta flights linking the Los Angeles gateway with 14 U.S. points: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Salt Lake City and Tampa.

Within the South Pacific region, Delta seeks to place its code on Pacific Blue flights operating beyond Sydney to Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand, and on Virgin Blue flights beyond Sydney to 10 points in Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Gold Coast, Hobart, Hamilton island, Melbourne, Perth and Townsville.

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