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FORMER BRITISH AIRWAYS EXECUTIVE CHARGED FOR HIS ROLE IN THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO THE AIR CARGO SHIPPING INDUSTRY

On September 30, 2008, Keith Packer, former executive of British Airways World Cargo, agreed to plead guilty, serve eight months in prison, and pay a $20,000 criminal fine for his role in a wide-ranging conspiracy to fix rates for international air cargo shipments including to and from the United States.

Mr. Packer is the first foreign national and third executive to be charged in this ongoing investigation. So far, nine other airlines, including British Airways, Korean Air Lines, Quantas Airways, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Martinair Cargo, Air France, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and a former Quantas executive have been charged in the DOJ’s ongoing investigation in the air cargo industry. More than $1.2 billion in criminal fines have been imposed.


Andre Barlow

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