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All Nippon Airways and its two U.S. partners — United Airlines and Continental Airlines — will apply with the U.S. Department of Transportation, possibly Wednesday, for antitrust immunity to allow them to better coordinate trans-Pacific operations, ANA officials said.

The three airlines, all members of the Star Alliance grouping, are expected to apply for an exemption from the Japanese government next year. The waiver is widely expected to be granted.

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