“The ACCC notes that the weighing up of likely public benefit and detriment was finely balanced and it was only with the proposed conditions that the ACCC reached the preliminary view that the alliance is likely to result in a net public benefit,” Dr Walker said. Draft approval to continue their trans-Tasman alliance. Source = ETB News: NJ Dr Walker noted that without the alliance, competition between Australia and New Zealand would be more limited, particularly with the recent cooperation between Qantas and Emirates. Although originally hoping to continue to the relationship for another five years, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) commissioner Jill Walker said due to potential impact of competition on certain routes, it would be appropriate to review the alliance earlier than the five years requested by Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand. However, the ACCC commissioner did request certain conditions be put in place on certain services that may experience reduced competition as a result of the union, by maintaining capacity on the routes.