Six major airlines plan e-marketplace

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Six of the world's biggest airlines announced plans to create an independent e-marketplace linking them with suppliers of fuel, aftermarket parts and other goods and services. The founding members of the new company are American Airlines, Air France, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. The companies expect that the new venture will handle about $32 billion of business annually. A technology partner will be selected later. With the announcement, the airlines enter a crowded field that includes planned e-marketplaces from Boeing Co. and major aviation suppliers, AAR Corp.'s, and Honeywell and United Technology Corp.'s
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