Share “U.S. seeks to delay airline-merger trial...”

U.S. seeks to delay airline-merger trial until March

The merger of American Airlines and US Airways would create the world's biggest airline.
By DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer Modified: August 27, 2013 at 9:51 pm •  Published: August 28, 2013

In brief

Merger trial

delay asked

— The U.S. government wants to wait until March for a trial on its lawsuit aimed at blocking the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, a deal that would create the world's biggest airline.

The airlines want to start the trial in November. They had hoped to close the merger next month, but that was before the U.S. Justice Department and six states filed the antitrust case two weeks ago.

The Justice Department said in a court filing Tuesday that it needs until March 3 to prepare for trial.

The lawsuit is the last obstacle preventing American Airlines parent AMR Corp. from closing the merger and emerging from nearly two years of bankruptcy protection.

AMR and US Airways Group Inc. said that the government's request was unreasonable after a Justice Department investigation that they say lasted 16 months.

Associated Press


  1. 1
    Where does OU rank among college football's running back units?
  2. 2
    The best jobs for every personality type
  3. 3
    Lankford: Changing Washington 'takes strong families, strong churches and strong communities'
  4. 4
    Trial delayed for former sheriff's deputy charged with sexual battery
  5. 5
    County Commissioner booked on new charges; discussion on ouster set for Monday
+ show more


× Trending business Article