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FILED UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT i AUG 23 2007 ' FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA [NANO HAVER WHITTINGTON, CLERK j US.OISTRICT COURT ! UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ) Criminal No. “07-183 gDB : ) ) ¥. ) i ) Violation: 15U.S.C§1 BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC, ) ) Defendant. ) ) PLEA AGREEMENT ‘The United States of America and British Airways Ple, ("defendant"), a public limited company otganized and existing under the laws of England and Wales, hereby enter into the following Plea Agreement pursuant to Rule 11(c\(1)(C) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure ("Fed. R. Crim. P."): RIGHTS OF DEFENDAN’ 1. |The defendant understands its rights: (2) tobe represented by an attorney; (b) tobe charged by Indictment; (©) asa public limited company organized and existing under the laws of England and Wales, to decline to accept service of the Summons in this case, and to contest venue and the jurisdiction of the United States to prosecute this case against it in the United States District Court forthe District of Columbia; (4) to plead not guilty to any criminal charge brought against it; w ~w (©) tohavea trial by jury, at which it would be presumed not guilty of the charge and the United Stetes would have to prove every essential element of the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt for it to be found guilty; (© toconfront and cross-examine witnesses against it and to subpoena witnesses in its defense at trial; (g) to appeal its conviction if it is found guilty; and |) toappeat the imposition of sentence against AGREEMENT TO PLEAD GUILTY ND IN RIGHTS 2. The defendant knowingly and voluntarily waives the rights set out in Paragraph 1(0}-(g) above, including all jurisdictional defenses to the prosecution ofthis case, and agrees voluntarily to consent to the jurisdiction of the United States to prosecute this case against it in the United:States District Court for the District of Columbia, The defendant also knowingly and voluntarily waives the right to file any appeal, any collateral attack, or any other writ or motion, ineluding but not limited to an appeal under 18 U.S.C. § 3742, that challenges the sentence imposed by the Court if that sentence is consistent with or below the recommended sentence in Paragraph 8 of this Plea Agreement, regardless of how the sentence is determined by the Court. This agreement does not affect the rights or obligations of the United States as set forth in 18 USS.C. § 3742(b)-(c). Pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 7(b), the defendant will waive indictment and plead guilty at arraignment to a two-count Information to be filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Count One of the Information will charge the defendant with partici n by fixing the cargo rates (as defined below) charged to customers for international air shipments, including ting in a combination and conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competi 2 ~ ~ shipments to and from the United States, beginning in or about March 2002 and continuing until February 14, 2006, the exact dates being unknown to the United States, in violation of the ‘Sherman Antitrust Act (15 U.S.C. § 1)(hereinafter referred to as the “cargo conspiracy”). Count ‘Two of the Information will charge the defendant with beginning in or about August 2004 and continuing unt February 14,2006, the exact dates being unknown tothe United States, entering into and engaging in a combination and conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing the passenger fuel surcharge charged to passengers for long-haul international air transportation, including between the United States and the United Kingdom, in violation of Section | ofthe Sherman Act (15 U.S.C. § IMhereinafter referred to as the “passenger conspiracy”). 3. The defendant, pursuant tothe terms of this Plea Agreement, will plead guilty to the criminal charges described in Paragraph 2 above and will make a factual admission of guilt to the Court in accordance with Fed. R. Crim. P. 11, as set forth in Paragraph 4 below. : FACTUAL BASIS FOR OFFENSES CHARGED 4, \ Had this case gone to trial, the United States would have presented evidence sient prove the following facts agninst the defendant: (@)_Asto Count One ofthe Information: (@ _Forpurposes of this Plea Agreement, the “relevant period’ for the cargo conspiracy is that period from in or about March 2002 until February 14, 2006. During the relevant period for the cargo conspiracy, the defendant was a public limited company organized and existing under the laws of England and Wales, The defendant bas its principal place of business in Harmondsworth, England and employed 5000 or more