Philippine Airlines (PR, Manila Ninoy Aquino Int’l), Air New Zealand (NZ, Auckland Int’l), and China Airlines (CI, Taipei Taoyuan) have agreed to settle a price-fixing case related to transpacific flights to the United States, for a total of USD29.4 million Law360 has reported.
The Taiwanese carrier will pay a total of USD19.75 million, including notice costs, as a part of the settlement. PAL has agreed to pay USD9 million, while Air New Zealand will pay USD650,000 including notice costs.
In 2015, a settlement for USD39.5 million was reached with eight other airlines involved in the alleged price-fixing including Air France, Cathay Pacific, JAL – Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, and Vietnam Airlines.
ANA – All Nippon Airways and EVA Air continue to challenge the case.
The class action suit was officially filed in 2007 and relates to alleged price-fixing on flights between the US and Australia, New Zealand, and some of the Pacific islands.