CHICAGO (

TheStreet

) --

United

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said it wants to create more joint ventures with anti-trust immunity, particularly in Latin America and Canada.

Speaking Wednesday at the Hudson Securities airline conference, United CEO Jeff Smisek said United is "looking at a trans-border joint venture" with

Air Canada

. Additionally, he said, "We're keenly interested ... to form a joint venture in Latin America as well; we will pursue that."

Smisek did not name any potential Latin partners, but the Brazilian carrier

TAM

is a member of the Star Alliance and last month, both

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Avianca-Taca

, which combines Columbian and El Salvadoran airlines, and

Copa

, based in Panama, agreed to join Star.

"We think there's a tremendous opportunity for us in JVs," Smisek said. "We compete across the world with everybody, and JVs are a powerful competitive tool for us."

United has a transatlantic joint venture with anti-trust immunity with Air Canada,

Continental

and

Lufthansa

. This year, regulators approved its request for a transpacific joint venture with

ANA.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.

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