I'm sorry, but how can you say VX and AS weren't competitors before the acquisition?
I never said they weren't; I just pointed out that they directly competed on precisely six routes, as that's one of the biggest factors the DOJ uses when determining whether or not any M&A activity is anti-competitive. VX did lower yields on those few routes where they directly competed with AS, no question, but saying eliminating them as a competitor was a motivating factor in the acquisition is like saying someone bought a new car for the free floor mats from the dealer; sure, you'll take them and appreciate that it's one less thing to worry about, but it's hardly in the top ten reasons you'd go ahead with the purchase.
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